Date: Wed, 26 Jul 1995 04:32:01 -0400 From: Ka-Ping Yee <email@example.com> Subject: ACTION re: HTML 3: Too many tags! To: "Daniel W. Connolly" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, In-Reply-To: <Pine.3.87.9507190255.A31086firstname.lastname@example.org> Message-Id: <Pine.3.87.9507260421.B21256email@example.com> A week ago, i wrote a message here lamenting the ridiculous proliferation of easily-abusable tags[1, 2] in the proposed HTML 3.0 specification. Aside from a discussion about whether <Q> actually has a distinct semantic meaning then <BLOCKQUOTE>, responses generally agreed that most of the other tags i mentioned were not necessary. Specifically, they are: CODE KBD AU ACRONYM ABBREV INS DEL S U BIG SMALL The above tags are unnecessary for reasons explained in  and summarized at the end of this message. To me, they are simply unacceptable. I would like to have them removed. How can i go about accomplishing this (or finding adequate justification for each and every one of them, which at the moment is sorely lacking)?  http://www.w3.org/hypertext/WWW/MarkUp/html3/logical.html  http://www.w3.org/hypertext/WWW/MarkUp/html3/emphasis.html  http://www.w3.org/hypertext/WWW/MarkUp/html3/CoverPage.html  http://gummo.stanford.edu/html/hypermail/www-html-1995q3/0280.html Summary: why we don't need.... CODE, KBD: redundant. Use SAMP. AU: too specific. apply attributes of all kinds to PERSON instead. ACRONYM, ABBREV: redundant. Use DFN. INS, DEL: too specific. apply attributes to P instead. S, U, BIG, SMALL: purely presentational markup. doesn't belong in HTML. and i still wonder about: Q: too specific. are we going to mark up <PAREN>, <SENTENCE>, etc. also? Ping (Ka-Ping Yee): 2B Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada firstname.lastname@example.org | 62A Churchill St, Waterloo N2L 2X2, 519 886-3947 CWSF 89, 90, 92; LIYSF 90, 91; Shad Valley 92; DOE 93; IMO 91, 93; ACMIPC 94 :: Skuld :: Tendou Akane :: Belldandy :: Ayukawa Madoka :: Hayakawa Moemi :: New! <http://csclub.uwaterloo.ca/u/kryee/> Yeah, i finally made a home page.