Re: Structure vs. appearance in HTML

Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca)
Thu, 21 Sep 1995 16:10:35 -0400 (EDT)


From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Message-Id: <199509212010.QAA00837@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Subject: Re: Structure vs. appearance in HTML
To: macrakis@osf.org (Stavros Macrakis)
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 1995 16:10:35 -0400 (EDT)
Cc: www-html@w3.org
In-Reply-To: <199509211632.MAA06408@postman.osf.org> from "Stavros Macrakis" at Sep 21, 95 12:32:44 pm

> I agree that structure is important, but only if you can do something
> with it.  So far, I am not aware of any Web tools that actually DO
> anything useful/interesting/amusing with HTML structure.  (Well, OK,
> some not-very-well-known browsers do do holophrasting.)

The good (and popular) search engines use HTML structure.

Note that the hierarchical structure of HTML documents can be implied.  This
is not as good as explicit structure using containment, but it is there.

> -- The ADDRESS element, which might seem to have useful semantics, has
>    no internal structure.  Wouldn't it be nice if a tool could extract
>    an name and e-mail address and phone number from the address?

An excellent idea.

 Paul Prescod