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Re: 'HTML 5' and some poem markup?

From: Marghanita da Cruz <marghanita@ramin.com.au>
Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2007 14:04:41 +1000
Message-ID: <470AFDD9.1000506@ramin.com.au>
To: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
CC: "Dr. Olaf Hoffmann" <Dr.O.Hoffmann@gmx.de>, public-html@w3.org

Doug Schepers wrote:
> Hi, Dr. O-
> I'd like to note that in addition to poetry, the same solution could be 
> applied to song lyrics, which are very widespread content on the Web. 
> There are many sites devoted to nothing else, and sites like MySpace 
> (and many blogs) have a lot of lyrical content.
> I personally favor the idea of loosening up the definition of <p> into 
> just that of a block of text (since the idea of a paragraph is not 
> universal among natural-language orthographies), and using some other 
> semantic system to annotate specialities of written language (where you 
> could, for example, choose between a simple poetry markup and a more 
> complex one that notates free verse or  sonnets or even structural 
> elements of iambic pentameter).  This might be RDFa, or spans marked 
> with microformats tags.  You'll be able to get much more precision than 
> with a blunt tool like HTML.
> Including lyrics in the category of poetry does make explicit a couple 
> of interesting technological/processing aspects, thought:
> 1) guitar tabs (or other musical notation) could be integrated using ruby;
> 2) timed text (as for karaoke) could be used to add meter and rhythm to 
> the presentation style (think SMIL or HTML+Time).
> And, of course, as you point out, giving special consideration to 
> particular types of content (such as poetic or lyrical) aids in its 
> categorization or aggregation.

There was some discussion of this on another list - see postings:

Another area would be Scripts for TV, Film or Theatre.

> Regards-
> -Doug Schepers
> W3C Staff Contact, SVG, CDF, and WebAPI

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