Re: More ideas for context elements in HTML 4.0

Rob (wlkngowl@unix.asb.com)
Fri, 11 Jul 1997 22:07:38 -0500


Message-Id: <199707120211.WAA11450@unix.asb.com>
From: "Rob" <wlkngowl@unix.asb.com>
To: www-html@w3.org, meta2@mrrl.lut.ac.uk
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 1997 22:07:38 -0500
Subject: Re: More ideas for context elements in HTML 4.0

I wrote:
> 
> Here are some ideas for contextual/logical elements for HTML 4.0, 
> useful not only for UAs but for robots, indexers, etc.
> 
> These elements need not be marked up by the UA, just recognized as
> valid HTML with the ability to define style sheet classes when
> special markup is desired by the author.

[Snip!]

Actually, there's a 'completeness' problem using tags like PERSON, 
INST, PLACE,  et cetera.

A better (read: more inclusive) element would be something like 
PROPER for "proper names" that can contain people, institutions, 
places, organizations, groups, businesses, governments, etc. etc.

--Rob


> 
> PERSON
>   Notes the mention of a person in the document. An optional ID
>   selector can be used for a unique reference. LANG attribute to 
>   specify pronunciation. HREF for a resource about that person (a
>   homepage, a biography, a picture, etc.)  Possibly adding other
>   attributes to specify the person's relationship to the document.
>   UA's can optionally provide a link if an HREF or ID is provided.
>   (Note that the HREF doesn't have to be unique; one can flag people
>   as authors and contributors etc.)
> 
>   Possibly no HREF is needed, and one can specify a link around the
>   occurrance of a person (or place or institution), though. It would
>   also keep the standard simpler.
> 
>   Indexers can also not apply word-stemming to proper names, or
>   limit soundex searches only to proper names, etc.
> 
> INST
>   For institutions and organizations. Similar behavior as PERSON 
>   element, used when ACORNYM or ABBREV is not appropriate.
> 
>   Indexers can also not apply word-stemming to proper names, or
>   limit soundex searches only to proper names, etc.
> 
> PLACE
>   For places (geographic). Similar to above.
>   Used when ACORNYM or ABBREV is not appropriate.
> 
>   Indexers can also not apply word-stemming to proper names, or
>   limit soundex searches only to proper names, etc.