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Re: samp, kbd, var

From: Tina Holmboe <tina@greytower.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 20:16:51 +0200 (CEST)
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <tkrat.824fb85f964df360@greytower.net>

On 22 Aug, Patrick H. Lauke wrote:

> Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
>> It's not just a matter of the difficulty of finding the semantic
>> pieces; more importantly, if the markup system is complex, people
>> won't use the complex features or they will use them inconsistently
>> and against the specifications.
> But, for a markup language to be useful in marking up complex and 
> multifaceted real-world content, there may be no other way than to 
> create a complex language specification.

  That depends on whether you create /one/ language to mark up /all/
  real-world content or not.

  The problem with creating an authorcentric markup language that can
  be, via attributes, infinitly extended, is that you are adding near
  infinite complexity on the /user/ end of things.

  Practice in the SGML world has always been to create specialized
  languages. HTML is - and XHTML could have been - a limited, but
  generic, language. It's not meant to mark up everything.

  Besides, the majority of authors today hasn't even managed to deal
  with the semantic elements in HTML. Giving them the power of
  namespaces and roles will surely improve on the situation.

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