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Re: Does XHTML2 need the <title> element?

From: Jens Meiert <jens.meiert@erde3.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 19:47:25 +0200 (MEST)
To: www-html@w3.org
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> > > With the way that the title element is definined in
> > > the working draft, I would say that XHTML2 does
> > > not need the title element. Anything that 
> > > it can do can be just as adequately done by the
> > > title attribute of the html element.

I agree to this proposal, because it would IMHO be a consequent and rational
proposal -- and a solution to think about.

> > Sorry, but I think that will increase the chaos with
> > the 'title' attribute. It's a mess allready as
> >  <link title="green site" type="text/css"
> > href="green.css" />
> > means something totally different than
> >  <a href="green.html" title="view my green
> > site">...</a>

The mentioned suggestion is reasonable, since 'title' was a standard
attribute available for all elements. Source interpreters only have to display it
another way, like the 'title' element still is visualized. I guess most
developers would appreciate this integration, it is logical.

> I'll agree that using the title attribute to indicate whether an 
> external style sheet is the preferred stylesheet is kludgy. However, 
> since XHTML2 doesn't have to be backward compatable, it would be 
> possible to change this behavior so that the only thing that the title 
> attribute does is provide an advisory title. Perhaps the navindex 
> attribute could be used instead with external stylesheets so that a 
> navindex of 0 indicates the preferred stylesheets?

Why? The idea was as simple as genial. The 'title' attribute will stay
optional, and so you do not have to assign your style sheet integrations with a

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