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Re: Future of HTML - Dictionaries

From: Ian Hickson <exxieh@bath.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 20:47:31 +0100
Message-ID: <000301bd6b77$3ced3220$cd20268a@hpxu>
To: Rob <wlkngowl@unix.asb.com>, www-html@w3.org, www-html-editor@w3.org
Cc: faith@acm.org, bamartin@miranda.org

>[4] What is missing is an element for marking up "proper names" (names
>of people, geographic locations, institutions, or even scientific names
>such as genus/species) and other special terms ("keywords" that may not
>be appropriate for including in the META elements but useful for users of
>a collection of documents). DFN could cover some of these, and certainly
>others could be used as standard links (the A element).

Ah, yes, time for my boilerplate text:
We should deprecate the I, B, TT, BIG and SMALL elements and to then turn I
into a phrase element meaning "Instance Of Use" - to complement DFN.
Backwards compatible and structural at the same time.

So that the eyeball's outermost layer is called the <DFN>conjunctiva</DFN>.
The <I>conjunctiva</I> is transparent. This is what I am currently doing on
my projects.

The important thing is that <I> is already supported. It doesn't have to
mean italic (although it just so happens that usually that's how instance of
terms are rendered).

--
Ian Hickson
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Received on Sunday, 19 April 1998 05:41:48 GMT

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