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Re: tag for notion and compound indication

From: Simon Siemens <Simon.Siemens@web.de>
Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2005 10:15:37 +0200
Message-Id: <42F32029.6080701@web.de>
To: XHTML-Liste <www-html@w3.org>

>Maybe my suggestion was missunderstood. By no way I long for marking up all
>and every notion in a text, but only those considred by the author as to be
>of relevance for e.g. indexing or to get an idea of the documents content
>(of interest for more structured web search). So far, maybe <nfi> (notion
>for index) or <nor> (notion of relevance) instead of <n> (preferred because
>of length) would have been clearer suggestions, maybe my English wasn't good
>enough to transport my idea. In Germany we know "Schlagwort" or "Stichwort"
>but there seems to be no equivalent English word in my dictionary.
You're most likely talking about keywords as Orion Adrian said before.
Try http://dict.leo.org. It's easier to use and more complete than most
(paper) dictionaries. I guess some of us were very confused about your

Thinking of general purpose search engines, a <n>keyword</n> would not
be very helpful. Search engines do not want to show 10 pages of one
site, because all of them have this "keyword" marked up. In fact, search
engines want to know the most informative location, which is most likely
<dfn>keyword</dfn>. However what has not been addressed by HTML up to
now are compound words. I suppose, this is because English does not have
them to a relevant extend. But German e.g. has many compound words (like
"Bundesregierung": "Bund" + "Regierung"). Thus an ability to indicate
such compositions could really enhance search engine results from a
German point of view.

For example, a company I'm working for had the problem that they do
light design. However customers do often search for light instead of
"light design". In English this is no problem, in German we have
Lichtdesign, why no search engines finds us with Licht but only with
Lichtdesign. Having the <n> element, we could use Licht<n/>design; then
our customers could find us with Licht, Design and Lichtdesign. Thus
it's a very German issue. Maybe some other languages have the same problem.

Ciao, Simon
Received on Friday, 5 August 2005 08:15:44 UTC

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