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Re: XHTML 2.0 to contain long element names

From: Jens Meiert <jens.meiert@erde3.com>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 12:40:49 +0200 (MEST)
To: Vix <vixcc@yahoo.com>, www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <26831.1052736049@www8.gmx.net>

> WYSIWYG Editors are very helpful in creating documents. In such editors,
> no knowledge of the tag
> is usually required. Therefore, b and bold will both have the same value
> from a functional point
> of view.

a) That is right, no knowledge is required. But even take a look at
Frontpage or Dreamweaver generated code. It is my worst nightmare viewing at this
kind of source code.

b) I do not agree to 'b and bold will both have the same value'. Implement a
class for bold text in Netscape 4.x or in Konqueror and look at the result:
Bold marked text will not be displayed bold. This is a fault in the CSS
integration of these browsers. (Nevertheless I only use CSS to realize the
presentation layer of my web sites because of the minor impact caused by failing
styles I use, e.g. in this case).

> On the other hand, consider an HTML file with 500 table rows where bold
> and italic characters are
> being used. If we use tablerow cell bold italic and underline instead of
> tr td b i and u, there
> will be a negative impact on two things: file size and parsing time.

That is another important aspect of huge element names: Every character
causes traffic... But I am not sure if larger element names would affect parsing

 Jens Meiert.

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