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Re: Font Style Elements

From: Toby A Inkster <tobyink@goddamn.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2003 18:51:52 +0000
To: Wingnut <wingnut@winternet.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030306185152.GA26880@ophelia.goddamn.co.uk>
On Thu, Mar 06, 2003 at 09:38:03AM -0600, Wingnut wrote:
| A good content provider ALWAYS writes nodes that are ready for 
| transcluding.  For me, right now, that would be nodes with embeded style 
| attributes.

Transclusion of content, doesn't necessarily equal transclusion of style 
though. Indeed, translusion of style may be a bad thing.

For example, document 1 has blue underlined links and large black 
headings (as is common on the web), document 2 has green italic links and 
blue underlined headings (all text in document 2 is the same size for 
whatever reason)

If we translude parts of document 2 into document 1 and keep the styling 
of document 2 for those parts, its headings will appear to be links to the 
casual reader of document 1.

However, with no styling information included inline, the portions of 
document 2 transcluded will take on the appearance of document 1, so will 
be less confusing to the reader.

The author of document 2 may be dismayed. Green italics might be a turn on 
for him, or maybe they have sentimental value, or maybe he likes them for 
some other bizarre reason. However, the readers will be happy, as they 
will be reading a consistant document. 

And it is more important for the readers to be happy, because there are 
more of them.

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