Subject: Re: Sentence MarkUp Message-Id: <MICHAELJ.email@example.com> From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Johnson) To: email@example.com Date: Wed, 26 Jul 95 11:51:08 EDT Mike Batchelor wrote: >Benjamin C. W. Sittler once wrote... >> >> What HTML tag should I use to mark "new" sentences? (That is, sentences >> added to the document recently.) I want to mark these up so I can apply >> special stylesheet attributes to them. [omitted] >What's wrong with > ><p class=recent> ><p class=outdated> ><p class=unreliable> It would be tag abuse to use subclassed paragraphs to mark special sentences, primarily because he may not in fact want to put those sentences in another paragraph, in terms of the document structure. He could, however, use: <em class=recent> <em class=outdated> <em class=unreliable> which would be a perfectly valid use of subclasses of the EMPHASIS element. As I pointed out in my previous posting however, there may be reasons other than simple presentation why recently added or removed information should be marked up with a specific tag. Namely, entities (programs or people) who want to scan a document for a particular structural element (in this case, new or outdated information) should be able to do so by looking for tags, not by assuming a set of style classes. In this case, the <INS> and <DEL> tags are reasonably applicable. Actually, with that in mind, I'd like to put in a bid to have the ROLE attribute restored to the <NOTE> element (whilst retaining the CLASS attribute) for the reason that the role of a note is not simply a means of determining its presentation, but rather gives information about how important it is that the user see (or hear) and pay attention to the information. It's structural, not just presentational. The CLASS attribute could still be used for presentation control (such as, put the icon on the right rather than the left, or make this note show up in yellow text on a red background, or what have you). Michael Johnson Relay Technology, Inc.