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RE: Fw: Disturbing trend in tables

From: Frank Tobin <ftobin@uiuc.edu>
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2001 23:31:27 -0600 (CST)
To: "Charles F. Munat" <chas@munat.com>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.4.31.0101132326360.40851-100000@palanthas.neverending.org>
Charles F. Munat, at 21:11 -0800 on Sat, 13 Jan 2001, wrote:

    For example, I write my HTML thinking of XML. I tend to use a lot of
    different classes. If a paragraph has a different function on a page, I'll
    give it a different class name. The idea is that later I'll be able to write
    a simple script to parse those pages, look at the class names, and rewrite
    them into appropriate XML (or whatever else).

Unfortunately, the hard part about promoting this way of thinking to
others who don't understand the approach is that the concept of
"factorization of work" is fairly foreign to most who haven't had at least
a small smathering of CS education.  Of course, factorization through
classes is a wonderful thing, but with many things that are designed to
eliminate work, they often require forethought and planning to use
effectively.

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Frank Tobin			http://www.uiuc.edu/~ftobin/
Received on Sunday, 14 January 2001 00:31:27 GMT

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