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

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 15:46:34 -0400
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To: XHTML-Liste <www-html@w3.org>

Le 05-08-30 à 10:12, Edward Lass a écrit :

> What benefit is gained by moving semantics from XHTML elements to  
> attribute values? This strikes me as being very similar to using the
> style attribute and then arguing that we've now "separated"  
> presentation
> from content. Well, it's still in the same place. It's just done a
> little differently.

I'm in favor of this separation for a long time too. Discussed at  
length on this mailing list before. The fact that we blockquote/ 
quote, etc… is a encouragement to go this way and put semantics in  

The main benefits if you define that the semantics is defined by a  
default profile of semantics and with a *well defined* extension  
mechanism. It means that it could push things like:

     - microformat
     - semantic web
     - lighten the process for new semantics element sets (books,  
poetry, medical, etc.)

There's a lot of gain to do that. It means also that XHTML is  
becoming a vehicle for many professions, more than developping your  
own XML syntax, you will just designed a semantics Profile for XHTML.  
Browsers would have a minimum to support. It would be easier to apply  
GRDDL for extracting semantics.

Karl Dubost - http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
W3C Conformance Manager
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