Re: CAPTION element for OBJECT?

Paul Prescod (papresco@technologist.com)
Thu, 10 Jul 1997 09:40:21 -0400


Message-ID: <33C4E645.64F1E0B3@technologist.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 1997 09:40:21 -0400
From: Paul Prescod <papresco@technologist.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: CAPTION element for OBJECT?

Chapman, Hass wrote:
> What is misuse? Using HTML in ways that were not the intention of those that
> formulated the DTD can be very useful and productive e.g. use of TABLES
> (again).

Using HTML in ways that were not the intention of those that formualated
the DTD can be *both* productive *and* misuse. An SGML application (like
HTML) defines both syntax *and* semantics. Violating the former is a
computer-reportable error. Violating the latter is merely misuse.

Consider: a robber breaks in as you are reading this message. You pick
up the monitor and throw it at him. knocking him to the ground. You grab
the printer and hit him in the head, knocking him out. You call the
police, they take him to jail, he reforms, becomes a community pillar, a
doctor and saves hundreds of lives. Did you misuse the monitor and
printer? Yes. Was it useful to do so? Yes. There is no dichtomy there.
"Misuse" is not a moral statement.

 Paul Prescod