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Re: Headline: Styles pondering desertion to Content!

From: Donna <marijne@ntlworld.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2004 18:10:50 +0000
Message-Id: <CBE095F2-58CF-11D8-9035-000A959C0112@ntlworld.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
To: Wingnut <wingnut@winternet.com>

On 5 Feb 2004, at 15:39, Wingnut wrote:

> I'm not well versed with all the proper terminology, but I do know 
> that I need some styling power on my ARROW element.  I need it 
> aimable, colorable, widthable, lengthable, arrowheadable, 
> dual-shaftable, tri-shaftable, etc etc.  Same with circles, brackets, 
> braces, text, all need colors, fonts, sizings, AND ANGLING!  I need 
> rotation around the z axis... for ALL these critters including 
> rectangular borders and text.

XHTML would be for expressing what these symbols *mean*. The meaning 
isn't the "arrow object". What you draw on the page merely represents 
the relationship between a source and a destination.

If you want to indicate than a sentence ought to be in another position 
in the document, for example, you might surround the offending text 
with a <span> or suchlike, and add an attribute that points to an 
anchor you have specified in the appropriate position. Then, define a 
class that gives the arrow it's desired meaning, i.e. movement, in this 
example. This would capture the meaning behind the arrow. Multiple 
targets and multiple sources can represent your dual-shafted arrows. 
XLink may be able to express these relationships.

If you circle something, you are saying that what is in that circle has 
special meaning (e.g. "wrong"). So define a class for it, and mark the 
object up.

Anything beyond this is in the realm of styling, i.e. in order to 
achieve the presentation of this meaning, you will have to look to CSS, 
or some other hypothetical styling language. This styling will be able 
to represent your arrows and circles and underlines in the visual 
medium, and perhaps suitable representations for other media such as 

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