Re: Comments on HTMl 4 draft (9/Nov/1997)

Jordan Reiter (jreiter@mail.slc.edu)
Tue, 16 Dec 1997 15:50:46 -0500


Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 15:50:46 -0500
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To: Sue Jordan <sjacct@worldnet.att.net>
From: Jordan Reiter <jreiter@mail.slc.edu>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Comments on HTMl 4 draft (9/Nov/1997)

=7FSue Jordan felt an urge to reveal at 8:17 PM -0000 on 12/16/97:

> Why not deprecate all of them? (read: relegate to CSS where they belong)
> Seems to me that would further the laudable goal of separation of
> presentation from structure.

I suppose there's no real problem with deprecation, except that most widely
used browsers *don't* support CSS (and none, to my understanding, does so
absolutely correctly yet) and thus it's still very necessary to use them
when formatting is important (as it, I must tragically admit, sometimes
is).  Sure, deprecation doesn't really *mean* anything, except of course
that in an ideal world you wouldn't use these elements. The danger in using
deprecated elements only really occurs if the person using them is the sort
of person who wouldn't read the specs anyway.

The most important thing the W3C can do is begin to pressure authors of web
authoring books/manuals/lessons to start placing an emphasis on the logical
rather than the visual and then teach the use of CSS. Otherwise, it matters
little what we do.

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