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Re: separator/seperator Re: About XHTML 2.0

From: Orion Adrian <orion.adrian@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 12:34:44 -0400
Message-ID: <abd6c80105052409345eae7ae@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-html@w3.org

> > However if you don't need to address something, then an empty element
> > as a seperator works wonders.
> 
> Procedural markup can work wonders. But a "separator element"
> is an oddity. Either it's procedural, and could mean "break a line"
> or "page eject" or "pause" or "draw a horizontal line", or it's
> structural markup in anomalous syntax: if <hr> is a separator between
> elements, then
> <body>foo<hr>bar<hr>zap</body>
> really means
> <body><part>foo</part><part>bar</part><part>zap</part></zap>
> with a strange element name and with many tags implied.

Well yes and no. I see separator more as content than as
organiziation. What the author is saying by using it, at least in
literay works, is that the separations between this text block and
that text block is important. Separator becomes content in that
matter. Not every separation matters, but when the author determines
that it does, he or she uses
~~~
to indicate its importance.

There is a separation between A, B, C and D in the following:
X
 A 
 B 
 C
 D

However, as an author I may want to increase the weight of separation
between two elements. This weight is not owned by either end of the
separation, but rather the separation itself. Placing the weight of
separation on either end rather than the link between them is
arbitrary.

I see separation as content, not organization.

Orion Adrian
Received on Tuesday, 24 May 2005 16:42:31 UTC

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