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Re: Introduce <term> element

From: Mallory Mollo <mallory@sweetpeople.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 03:20:51 +0200
Message-ID: <461C37F3.9090803@sweetpeople.org>
To: Doug Jones <doug_b_jones@mac.com>
CC: HTML WG Public List <public-html@w3.org>

+1
This feature would be useful.

Doug Jones a écrit :
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> Begin forwarded message:
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>> *From: *Doug Jones <doug_b_jones@mac.com <mailto:doug_b_jones@mac.com>>
>> *Date: *2007 April 09 19:11:09 EDT
>> *To: *Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl 
>> <mailto:lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>>
>> *Subject: **Re: Introduce <term> element*
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>> You might want to look at my HTML WG Glossary e-mail of 04/07/2007 
>> EDT. It compares the 'real world' use of bold and italic with the 
>> WHAT WG definitions. I really don't see the need for <term>.
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>> I created this glossary before reading the <term> thread.
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>> Doug Jones
>> doug_b_jones@mac.com <mailto:doug_b_jones@mac.com>
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>> On 2007 Apr 04, at 03:21, Laurens Holst wrote:
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>>> Looking at HTML5’s definitions of <i> and <b>, and in particular, 
>>> the examples, I notice the following:
>>>
>>>> The examples below show uses of the i  element:
>>>>
>>>> <p>The <i>felis silvestris catus</i> is cute.</p>
>>>> <p>The <i>block-level elements</i> are defined above.</p>
>>>> <p>There is a certain <i lang="fr">je ne sais quoi</i> in the air.</p>
>>>
>>> and
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>>>> The following example shows a use of the b element to highlight key 
>>>> words without marking them up as important:
>>>>
>>>> <p>The <b>frobonitor</b> and <b>barbinator</b> components are 
>>>> fried.</p>
>>>
>>> If you look at these examples, they are really all just foreign or 
>>> scientific or other types of terms that are accentuated (using 
>>> either bold or italics) as a means to help the user understand that.
>>>
>>> The second example of the <i> element could be covered by the <dfn> 
>>> element. <dfn> means ‘the defining instance of a term’. However, 
>>> what all these examples have in common is that basically, they are 
>>> all using a term without defining it, or want to highlight 
>>> additional instances of the term as well. In other words, <dfn> is 
>>> too limited to be applied to all terms, and thus currently <i> is 
>>> used instead.
>>>
>>> So, in order to fill this gap, I suggest a <term> element is 
>>> introduced, as an accompaniment for <dfn>. This will cover a lot of 
>>> cases where <i> is used and <em> is inappropriate. I think it is 
>>> generic enough to deserve its own element, as opposed to making <i> 
>>> and <b> catch-all elements and defining several overlapping meanings 
>>> for them.
>>>
>>>
>>> ~Grauw
>>>
>>> -- 
>>> Ushiko-san! Kimi wa doushite, Ushiko-san nan da!!
>>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>>> Laurens Holst, student, university of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
>>> Website: www.grauw.nl <http://www.grauw.nl>. Backbase employee; 
>>> www.backbase.com <http://www.backbase.com>.
>>>
>>> <lholst.vcf>
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