Generic Markup [was:Re: deprecated tags in Wilbur & Cougar]

marc@ckm.ucsf.edu
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 22:21:59 -0700


From: marc@ckm.ucsf.edu
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 1996 22:21:59 -0700
Message-Id: <199608080521.WAA21883@pele.ckm.ucsf.edu>
To: www-html@w3.org, www-style@w3.org
Subject: Generic Markup [was:Re: deprecated tags in Wilbur & Cougar]

|Paul Prescond wrote:
|>I wrote
|><DIV CLASS="sidebar" ROLE="section">
|>This construct uses the proposed CLASS attribute to invoke the CSS scheme for
|>rendering according to class "sidebar" on this structural element that is
|> semantically equivalent (ROLE=) to any other section.
| 
|I don't see why these roles (if you'll excuse the pun) must be separated.

Presentation versus structure.  The yin and yang of presentation-focused
structural markup.

Standardize on structural classes (perhaps lifted from TEI) so that indexers 
and document services can present search results or other amalgamations of 
objects or their components in a common structural context.

Use the presentation classes to give your pages your look and feel. 

There will probably be many cases with significant overlap between the two 
classes of classes (metaclasses?), but this bifurcation relieves the 
requirement that indexers and document management be held hostage to the 
imperatives or the art department.

-marc