Re: Tag Soup.

Abigail (abigail@uk.fnx.com)
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 10:14:25 +0100


Message-ID: <321198F1.59E2B600@uk.fnx.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 1996 10:14:25 +0100
From: Abigail <abigail@uk.fnx.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Tag Soup.

Arnoud Galactus Engelfriet wrote:
> 
> In article <s210664f.092@wposmtp.nps.navy.mil>,
> Charles Peyton Taylor <ctaylor@wposmtp.nps.navy.mil> wrote:
> > What exactly is the resistance to having many tags?  I can see
> > the problem with block elements not having line breaks, and I can
> > see the problems with formatting elements as opposed to content-based
> > elements.
> 
> One reason is that every browser would have to support every tag we
> can think of. With classes, you can ignore them safely, or only
> rely on them to look up the rendering information in the style sheet.
> 

This strikes me as a bit absurd. If we have thingy X, and X is expressed
in elements, then it will be a problem if some browsers don't handle
those elements, but if X is expressed using a style sheet, then it
suddenly can be ignored safely? Like, the <IMG> tag is bad because
some platforms can't display inline images, but if it would be done
using a style sheet, than it suddenly doesn't matter? Djee, let's find
a way to express tables in CSS, and we never have to worry about
non-table aware browsers anymore.

The bottom line is, any browser is limited, even style sheet aware ones.
You can never do something beyond the limits of a browser, not even
with style sheets.

As for a tag explosion, that sure is going to come with stylesheets.
With stylesheets, _anyone_ can make classes, and almost anyone will.
Inventing new thingies will no longer be restricted to a handful of
relatively clued-in browser programmers. With style sheets, you give
a dangerous tool to thousands and thousands of clueless people.



Abigail  --  I don't think style sheets are a good thing.