Stripping down HTML (was Comments on HTMl 4 draft (9/Nov/1997))

Ingo Macherius (
Tue, 16 Dec 1997 23:41:12 +0000

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From: "Ingo Macherius" <>
To: Sue Jordan <>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 23:41:12 +0000
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Subject: Stripping down HTML (was Comments on HTMl 4 draft (9/Nov/1997))

> Now that you mention it, I could support an element <WEAK>
> that would lessen both emphasis and strength.  Footnotes
> would seem a logical example of the potential usage of such
> an element.

Stop. A footnote clearly is a footnote, and not something weak. Call 
things and name the equivalent tags as they are named in reality. I 
don't find it helpful to actively seek for applications, only because 
the name is wonderful.

Beside this, a footnote clearly ist a <div>-like region, even worse, 
a floating one. "Weak" simply is a  <span>-like region. Mixing apples 
and oranges.

Long ago I postulated in www-html, that every HTML-doc may be 
expressed with <div><span><object> and <a> only (beside "inivisible" 
stuff like <head><html><body>) and CSS.

Now I find that this would only be a weak XML imitation

	<div class="body>
		<div class="h1">hello</div>
		<div class="textbody">

If there is a job left for HTML, than it's to find out the most 
frequently requested structures in average documents and distill 
them down to an easy to learn language. If the "can be done with CSS" 
argument is overdone, HTML looses it's right to exist, as XML would 
be better.

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