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Re: XHTML 2.0 to contain long element names

From: Simon Jessey <simon@jessey.net>
Date: Sun, 11 May 2003 22:06:42 -0400
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Lewis" <lewi0371@mrs.umn.edu>
Subject: Re: XHTML 2.0 to contain long element names


> I think XHTML2 is doing a decent job with element name length. There's
> not much to gain by expanding the names of frequently used elements,
> coolness aside, especially if the names in question are already
> established HTML elements (like p, tr, td, and th). On the bright
> side, the q element has been replaced by the quote element, for
> reasons still unclear to me.
>


I can think of two good reasons:

1. <quote> pairs nicely with <blockquote> (which in turn pairs nicely with
<blockcode>)
2. <q> is rendered differently on many browsers, which will likely remain
like that. Renaming effective creates a new version and allows the browsers
to easily maintain backward-compatibility by leaving the old <q> as it is.

Simon Jessey

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