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RE: Suggestion: change abbr to full word

From: Nigel Peck - MIS Web Design <nigel@miswebdesign.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 09:48:25 -0000
To: "Andrew McFarland" <andrew.mcfarland@unite.net>, <www-html@w3.org>
Cc: "YANG,JI-FENG (HP-China,ex2)" <ji-feng.yang@hp.com>
Message-ID: <BFECLKEDIHDIPFDEBCFNAECJCCAA.nigel@miswebdesign.com>

The other thing about full word tags is download times, it would increase
the file size a lot having full word tags for users with 56k modems. It
would also completely screw up any backwards compatibility and make code
harder to manage and longer to type.


Nigel Peck

Managing Director
MIS Web Design Ltd.

-----Original Message-----
From: www-html-request@w3.org [mailto:www-html-request@w3.org]On Behalf
Of Andrew McFarland
Sent: 04 November 2002 09:37
To: www-html@w3.org
Cc: YANG,JI-FENG (HP-China,ex2)
Subject: Re: Suggestion: change abbr to full word

At 15:21 04/11/2002 +0800, YANG,JI-FENG (HP-China,ex2) wrote:
>A suggestion for the future of XHTML: change the tags from abbr to full
>word. This kind of tags include p, q ,a, em, ul, dl, dt, ol and so on. For
>example change "p" to "paragraph".

The Cool Thing about XHTML is the X - it's XML. Rather than change the p
element type name to paragraph, which is much more prone to typos, it would
probably be better to create your own markup language structurally
identical to XHTML but with whatever element type names you want. You can
then transform this to XHTML using a simple XSLT stylesheet.

You could also do things like producing `French' HTML where the emphasis
element type equivalent is called `emphase' and so on.

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