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Re: separator/seperator

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 11:27:37 +0300
Message-Id: <8fa6e6daaf2985bcd4350c25edc28000@iki.fi>
To: W3C HTML <www-html@w3.org>

On May 23, 2005, at 11:30, Anne van Kesteren wrote:

> As mentioned before, and it might be wise to repeat it here, styling 
> should never be considered an argument for a semantic element.

Have semantics become an end for the sake of semantics themselves? I 
thought the purpose of semantic markup was to serve media independence 
and useful automatic extraction and search. For serving the purpose of 
media independence, stylability and reasonable default presentation are 
rather crucial.

If there are elements A and B whose theoretical semantics are 
different, but no piece of software ever wants care about the 
distinction and they are typically styled the same way, what's the 
point of distinguishing the semantics of A and B?

Henri Sivonen
Received on Tuesday, 24 May 2005 08:27:45 UTC

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