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Re: samp, kbd, var

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 18:03:38 +0100
Message-ID: <44EB38EA.4090107@splintered.co.uk>
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Jukka K. Korpela wrote:

>> <var>i</var> => <code role="compsci:variable">i</code>
> Some automatic translation programs recognize <samp> and/or <code> 
> markup and treat the element's content as something that shall not be 
> translated.

Wasn't XHTML 2.0 supposed to be NOT backwards compatible, or do you mean 
there are automatic translation programs who currently recognise XHTML 
2.0 already?

> I can imagine why (though I don't agree about <samp>): these elements
> have mostly been used by their good old HTML definitions, which are 
> semantically relatively clear, so programs can actually make some use of 
> them and avoid foolishness like translating command and function names 
> when processing a text that mentions them. Does anyone honestly expect 
> programs to do such things with role="..." attributes?

If a convention is established, I wouldn't think it unreasonable.

Patrick H. Lauke
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