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

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 07:23:20 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200509260623.j8Q6NLT02192@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> <p style="mystyle" meaning="mymeaning"> foo </p>

class is not supposed to be used in the first way; it is only supposed
to be used to indicate the meaning.  The big real world problem is that
it is nearly always only used in the first way; in fact a lot of people
have started calling it CSS class.

The idea is that, in a rational style sheet, the styling will mirror
the meaning.

> ...is, for a plumber, for a carpenter, for an audio fan, for Grandma and fo=
> r
> Grandpa, *way* more simple, understandable, than

The big problem is that professional web designers don't think in terms
of meaning, let alone the man in the street.  If anything, it would 
probably be easier to teach ordinary people, with real content to present,
that they should only use your second meaning than professional designers.
Naive authors, producing vanity pages, will always over-style them.

PS your emails seem to come from someone called "Junk Account"; that 
doesn't inspire confidence.  It is also quite common on lists like this
to reply off list under various circumstances.
Received on Monday, 26 September 2005 06:57:27 UTC

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