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Re: The "request for an element" nonsense...

From: Philip TAYLOR [PC335/O-XP] <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 18:56:28 +0100
Message-ID: <3D63D44C.95A1BE8A@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
CC: www-html@w3.org

Henri Sivonen wrote:
> On Tuesday, August 13, 2002, at 02:38 , kelvSYC wrote:
> > Maybe it seems redundant (maybe even stupid), but should there be
> > some sort
> > of informative document about how to import your own tags in XHTML
> > so that
> > these "request for an element" is unnecessary?
> Being able to import one's own tags is no more useful that being able
> to say <div class="foo"> for the purpose of publishing on the Web.

I disagree, for reasons which I will explain.  Even if it 
was not universally clear previously, it is surely becoming 
clear from the discussions on this list that no two people 
can /ever/ agree on exactly which tags are necessary and sufficient.

However, if the W3C can agree a set which are /necessary/, and
define a clean mechanism by which additional tags can be defined
in terms of existing tags and attributes, then we can avoid tag
bloat /and/ satisfy the individual needs and wishes of all web authors.

Whether this can be reconciled with your other requirements
is an open question, but it is surely more productive to
explore a genuinely /extensible/ route than to continue to
define tag-and-attribute sets which in hindsight are 
invariably sub-optimal.

Philip Taylor, RHBNC
Received on Wednesday, 21 August 2002 13:56:44 UTC

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