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Re: ISSUE-53: mediatypereg - suggest closing on 2009-09-03

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 14:08:24 +0200
Message-ID: <4A9BBD38.1010308@gmx.de>
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
CC: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>, "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Henri Sivonen wrote:
> ...
>> It might trigger observable processing in *some* recipients.
> 
> People or software?

I meant software, but of course both is true.

>> Are you trying to say that we should remove all "semantic" elements if 
>> they do not have precise UA processing requirements?
> 
> 
> I'm trying to say that "semantics" that don't trigger any observable 
> effects in any class of UA are mere styling/scripting hooks, and mere 
> styling/scripting hooks are an authoring-side convention--not a 
> something that implementors of receiving software need to be concerned 
> with beyond supporting generic styling/scripting mechanisms.

Just because they don't *need* to be concerned with it doesn't mean that 
there is no semantics. And just because HTML5 doesn't define processing 
requirements doesn't mean that some recipients will do something 
specific with it.

BR, Julian
Received on Monday, 31 August 2009 12:15:49 UTC

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