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Re: XHTML2: Proposal for total separation of semantics from structure

From: Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 15:08:32 +0200
Message-ID: <43145A50.6070108@students.cs.uu.nl>
To: Rob Mientjes <robmientjes@gmail.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org

Rob Mientjes schreef:
> On 8/30/05, Toby A Inkster <tai@g5n.co.uk> wrote:
>> Instead of writing:
>>         CITE { ... }
>> they'd write:
>>         *[semantics="cite"] { ... }
> Exactly. You're basically just trying to get rid of predefined
> semantics? I'm not sure if _that_'s a good idea.

The difference is that currently the semantics are mixed with the 
structure so you get ‘combination-tags’ like <quote> and <blockquote>, 
and there is also demand for other tags to have the same distinction 
(for example, address is inline, while block would also be convenient). 
If the semantics were to be placed as an attribute.

Nevertheless, I think it’s not so bad to retain the current set of 
semantic elements. @role and @property allow for additional semantics 
and could perhaps gradually phase out the semantic tags.


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