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Re: Design aims of XHTML 2.0

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2003 07:58:47 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200311030758.hA37wlY08736@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> Are there any formal criteria here?  Are there any studies on markup
> language usability that could be employed?

I think even just an informal look at how people write HTML and Word
documents would show that the language needs to be unstructured and
presentational!  The average person (including the average graduate
from good universities - both arts and sciences) appears to have
extreme difficulty in formalising structure in a document.  Grammar
is considered an academic subject, even though most people can
speak their own language reasonably grammatically.

I think usability will have to come from authoring tools.  The
language can only help by having very very few concepts and 
(if this is possible at all) making it very difficult to abuse
it presentationally (tools for mass market use would abuse it
in that way, given the chance).

I think usability may be the biggest challenge, and may be an 
impossible problem.
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