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Re: code and blockcode

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 10:04:03 +0200
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Hi Laurens,

At 02:57 13/07/2005, Laurens Holst wrote:

>Simon Siemens wrote:
>
>>Yes, we have additional semantics by "code" and "blockcode". But what is 
>>the usage? It's the same as adding a tag for exclamation sentences like:
>
>Well, as a use case, look at the following example [1]:
>(...)

(Laurens quotes an example of blockcode from the current draft, with a CSS 
style sheet to number each line.)

>This would create automatic line numbering, which makes sense for code, 
>but not for other preformatted content such as a poem where whitespace 
>matters [2].

Line numbering does make sense for poetry, even in poems where whitespace 
matters. It is common practice in literature textbooks. Any academic 
edition of plays by Shakespeare (and near-cotemporaries) also uses line 
numbering. However, in such textbooks and editions, only every fifth or 
tenth line gets a number.
Moreover, when quoting a literary text, you woulnd't use blockcode but 
blockquote. For poems where whitespace matters, I find blockquote (with CSS 
white-space:pre) preferable to the pre element.

Regards,

Christophe Strobbe

>(...)
>
>[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml2/mod-text.html#sec_9.7.
>[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml2/mod-structural.html#sec_8.7.
>[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml2/mod-structural.html#sec_8.2.
>
>--
>Ushiko-san! Kimi wa doushite, Ushiko-san!!

By the way, what does this mean?


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