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

MegaZone (
Wed, 29 May 1996 04:26:29 -0700 (PDT)

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Subject: Re: Font-style vs. phrase elements (fwd)
To: (Abigail)
Date: Wed, 29 May 1996 04:26:29 -0700 (PDT)
In-Reply-To: <> from "Abigail" at May 28, 96 02:02:44 am
From: MegaZone <>

Once upon a time Abigail shaped the electrons to say...
>That's why there are HTML editors, programable all-purpose editors,
>validatores and Perl/Python/Tcl/Rexx/m4/....

I do run Weblint and WebTech Toolkit on the code when it is done - but
I write nearly all of it in emacs as plain old ASCII text.  I have yet to
find any HTML editor I am 100% happy with, and I type fairly well so I
can do work faster in emacs.  I don't *want* to have to use a specialized
editor - IMHO anything that is so complex as to need a specialized editor
is no longer truly universal and portable.  At least as far as authoring

>++ I don't see the advantage to this, what am I missing?
>More structure in the document.

Is there anything out there now that takes advantage of this?  Or even,
how does this help?  Just because I've wrapped things in DIV containers, 
what does that buy me.  "More Structure" is a meaningless statement IMHO,
what, in practical terms, does it accomplish.

I've seen the argument about splitting/combining documents, and frankly
I don't see having DIV in there as making the job any easier or harder
than it is without it.

>That is strange. Why would you have more than 6 deep nesting of <div>s,
>but no use for <h6>s? (I assume you don't use them now). I would say,

Because, since H5 and H6 render terribly, I will just continue to use H4
from then on.  Yeah I'm sure it violates some guideline, but in this case
readbaility is a practical concern.  H6 renders smaller than regular text
on most browsers!

I also don't believe in the 'headers must be in numerical order' bit.  Most
documentation I read doesn't do this, the size and/or emphasis on the header
is related to the contents or the desire to attract a readers attention, not
on an arbitrary rule of nesting.

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