Re: Font-style vs. phrase elements (fwd)

Scott E. Preece (preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com)
Wed, 22 May 1996 08:15:29 -0500


Date: Wed, 22 May 1996 08:15:29 -0500
From: preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com (Scott E. Preece)
Message-Id: <199605221315.IAA13554@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
To: megazone@livingston.com
Cc: www-html@w3.org
In-Reply-To: MegaZone's message of Tue, 21 May 1996 17:27:52 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: Font-style vs. phrase elements (fwd)

  From: MegaZone <megazone@livingston.com>
| 
| So you want to *force* <DIV> to be used?  Why???  Right not the 
| implementations I've seen add whitespace, and making headers just the
| first line of a <DIV>?  So how about subheaders, I'd need a div on each
| subheader in a FAQ?
| 
| No thanks, no way in hell I'd use that.  There is no reason to force DIV
| to be used dozens of times in a document like that.
---

Well, some of us think it is a serious mistake that the HTML DTD fails
to associate headers with any particular part of the document.  The
current HTML H* tags are, in many ways, presentation markup, rather than
structural markup - they indicate that the text is to be styled like a
header, but they don't adequately indicate what the heading heads or,
for that matter, unambiguously place it in a hierarchy of sections,
since the author is not constrained to observe the numerical
relationships between header types.

It would have been better to have a tag that defines a section of the
document and contains a header as part of its content.  This would have
made the association between a given heading and a given section of the
document much clearer.  Among other things, this would make it possible
for a retrieval system to retrieve a section of a document, rather than
always retrieving a complete page, and to do search logic based on
keywords within a section, rather than within the whole page.

The proposed use of DIV would enforce a clear hierrarchy of sections in
a document.  This would be significantly better structural markup.

scott

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