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Re: (marks, definitions, terms, abbreviations, and variables <m>, <dfn>, <abbr>, <term>) part of my review of 3.12 Phrase elements

From: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 02:30:23 -0500
Message-Id: <A3785601-0C8F-4ADB-8369-244D90BABFEE@robburns.com>
Cc: Thomas Broyer <t.broyer@gmail.com>, public-html@w3.org
To: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>

On Jul 20, 2007, at 2:24 AM, Robert Burns wrote:

> On Jul 20, 2007, at 1:55 AM, Thomas Broyer wrote:
>> Er, aren't you the man calling for "avoiding changing the meaning of
>> HTML4 elements because it creates namespace collisions"?
>> And you're proposing:
>> - adding a *required* attribute
>> - changing the definition of DFN to contain the definition rather
>> than the term (and then introducing <TERM> instead)
> Touché on the required attribute. That would relate to one of the  
> type 2 name collision issues (though I've tried to say that I think  
> the type 1 is so much more important than the other). On your  
> second bullet point, that is the ambiguity that HTML5 and I am  
> trying to address. The draft mostly treats <dfn> as the definition  
> and not the term (though there are places in the draft that seem to  
> reverse that).

Incidentally, the need to add two new elements to the proposal: e.g.,  
<definition> and <term> solves the problem with the added required  
attribute since we're not messing with the existing named elements at  
all (except to deprecate <dfn>).

Take care,
Received on Friday, 20 July 2007 07:30:37 UTC

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