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RE: The <blockcode> and <l> elements

From: Ernest Cline <ernestcline@mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2003 13:10:55 -0500
Message-ID: <410-220031124181055843@mindspring.com>
To: "W3C HTML List" <www-html@w3.org>




> [Original Message]
> From: Lachlan Hunt <lhunt07@postoffice.csu.edu.au>
>
> Hi,
>   Should the <blockcode> element's content model be changed from:
>
> <!ELEMENT blockcode (PCDATA | Inline | Heading | Block | List)*>
>
> to something more like:
>
> 1. <!ELEMENT blockcode (l)*> OR
> 2. <!ELEMENT blockcode (PCDATA | l)*>
>
> These could be written, respectively,as:
>
> 1.
> <blockcode>
> <l>public static void main(String[] args) {</l>
> <l>    System.out.println("Hello World"); <span class="comment">// 
> Output Hello World!</span></l>
> <l>}</l>
> </blockcode>
>
> OR:
>
> 2.
> <blockcode>
> public static void main(String[] args) {
> <l>    System.out.println("Hello World");</l>
> }
> </blockcode>
>
>   For version 2, IMHO, it is not logical for some lines of code to have 
> the <l> and other's to not.  Version 1, IMO, represents more 
> semantically what program code is -- many lines, making up a code block.

Several comments:

First, don't take away Inline as part of the content model for blockcode.
While I disagree on their utility, as long as they are part of the XHTML 2
proposal, I definitely want to be able to make use of the inline
programming elements for such purposes as:

<blockcode>
public static void <var>main</var>(String[] <var>args</var>) {
    <var>System.out.println</var>("Hello World"); // Output <samp>Hello
World!</samp>
}
</blockcode>

>   Also, with the existing content model, it is possible to include 
> virtually any element (all?) like <h>, <p>, <ul>, etc...  Real program 
> code cannot contain headings, paragraphs or lists, only lines of code, 
> therefore, the current content model is semantically incorrect.

A good argument against including the non-inline elements but not the
inline.
Even without the <var> and <samp> elements, I would still want to be able
to apply other inline elements such as <em> and <span> inside of a
blockcode.
Received on Tuesday, 4 November 2003 13:15:20 UTC

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