Re: Sentence MarkUp

Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca)
Thu, 27 Jul 1995 17:39:09 -0400


Message-Id: <199507272130.RAA17428@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 1995 17:39:09 -0400
To: Joe English <joe@trystero.art.com>, www-html@www10.w3.org,
From: papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca (Paul Prescod)
Subject: Re: Sentence MarkUp 

At 11:22 AM 7/27/95 PDT, Joe English wrote:
>
>papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca (Paul Prescod) wrote:
>
>> I think that it would be premature to standardize CLASSes until we see what
>> people want to do with them.
>>
>> But Benjamin's concern is valid and common.  Others are expressing it in
>> various HTML forums.  They want their CLASSed text to be visually
>> differentiated ASAP. New browsers are coming out every month, but they are
>> no closer to differentiating between CLASSes of text, because they are
>> waiting for style sheets.
>
>Which is precisely the right thing to do, IMO.
>
>I believe that CLASSes should *never* be standardized
>in the sense that you describe, i.e., such that a browser
>would give elements special treatment based on CLASS
>attribute values without an explicit instruction from
>the author.

When I said "differentiated" I meant just differentiated, not standardized.
A browser could, for example, allow users (not necessarily authors) to
change the display of certain element subclasses.  This is obviously not as
good as style sheets, however.

 Paul Prescod

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Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.uwaterloo.ca)