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Re: Key/Item data

From: Philip TAYLOR [PC87S/O-XP] <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 11:42:02 +0000
Message-ID: <3E6F1D0A.C6B9ED1@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: John Lewis <lewi0371@mrs.umn.edu>
CC: www-html@w3.org



John Lewis wrote:
> 
> Philip wrote on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 at 10:52:31 AM:
> 
> > As you so rightly point out, definitions are just one possible
> > instantiation of keyword-value pairs, and a generic markup language
> > such as XHTML should surely contain generic tags rather than
> > specific.
> 
> Why not clarify the definitions of dl, dt, and dd instead? There's
> nothing wrong with the names of the elements.

I can't see how you reach that conclusion, John; <DL>, <DT>, and <DD> 
are clearly mnemonic for "Definition list", "Definition term"
and "Definition definition" (or "Definition data").  If we wish
to use them for a more general purpose, such as any/all ordered
pairs, then they should have equally general names, otherwise
they are being abused.

** Phil.
Received on Wednesday, 12 March 2003 06:42:07 GMT

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