Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 14:08:42 +0200 (MET DST) From: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Martin_J=2E_D=FCrst?= <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Markku Savela <email@example.com> cc: firstname.lastname@example.org In-Reply-To: <199709221033.NAA27067@anise.tte.vtt.fi> Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.96.970922140123.361n-100000@enoshima> Subject: Re: Foreign Words and Phrases On Mon, 22 Sep 1997, Markku Savela wrote: > The following prompts me to comment.. > > > > <I lang="it">Lega Nord<I> > > Yes, clearly deprecated. > > ... it is a convention to display scientific names of organisms in > Italic. Until styles are fully supported I have been considering > something like following > > <i class=species>Achillea millefolium</i> > > which would give correct result on non-style browser. Using <em> would > not be correct here, as I specifically want "italic", and not any > emphasis! > > Thus, sometimes <i> and <b> are better suited for the applications > than the logical <strong> and <em>. I'm really not sure. Emphasis doesn't mean that this is semantically of (highest) importance. In my eyes, it just means "this is somewhat different from the rest, important enough of a difference to warrant that this difference shows up somehow". As for specific italic, the cases where italic exists but isn't used for <EM> are probably rather small, too small to justify the costs of presentational markup. > Can 'class' imply attributes? Might be nice if 'species' could imply > lang=latin so that I wouldn't need to repeat that for each element? > (e.g. language inherited from the class too?). Is this "a can of > worms", to extend styles so that class could be used to add element > attributes? Very good question, with a good examlpe. I have recently asked for this functionality in the CSS working group, but without having such a good example. I don't know yet whether, how, and when that might go into CSS. There is however discussion in the CSS WG for style derived from attributes. I.e. you could say that anything that has LANG=latin is to be styled in italic or so. That may help in your case (if you have no other latin than species names, or if the other cases are not too numerous and can have a CLASS attribute), or it may not really help. Regards, Martin.