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Re: 'class' and English element names (was Re: Semantics/Profiles/Namespaces/Modules)

From: Øystein Skartsæterhagen <goystein_goy@yahoo.no>
Date: 03 Nov 2003 22:09:43 +0100
To: Lachlan Hunt <lhunt07@postoffice.csu.edu.au>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <m3k76h5fc8.fsf@yahoo.no>

Lachlan Hunt <lhunt07@postoffice.csu.edu.au> writes:

> Until a wysiwyg editor is created that is designed around page
> structure, rather than around presentation, I'll always hand code.

Except that an editor for web can never be true WYSIWYG, as it is in the
nature of the web that a user and his/her UA are always free to choose
how they want to present a page -- and hence the author has absolutely
no control or knowledge of how his/her pages are going to be presented.

I think WYSIWYM (What You See Is What You Mean) is a better term for a
True Web Editor(tm).

> IMO, Microsoft Word is getting *close* to this structure method with
> it's style & formatting list: "Heading 1", "Heading 2", "body text",
> "plain text", etc..., because these can be thought of as being
> *similar* to <h1>, <h2>, <p> and <pre> elements, respectively, but it
> is still, very much, style oriented.

How many MS Word users know those headings exist? Or even that Word has
a style system (which, imnsho, can never come close to real semantic
markup in usefulness)? Of those I have seen writing in that M$-thing
which is supposed to be an editor, almost noone used headings or other
styles on purpose (although Word insists on automagically making all
kinds of obscure convertions, and often some quite innocent paragraphs
end up being headings).

Øystein Skartsæterhagen
Received on Monday, 3 November 2003 16:37:27 UTC

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