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Re: samp, kbd, var

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 19:27:52 +0100
Message-ID: <44EB4CA8.4090801@splintered.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

Tina Holmboe wrote:
> On 22 Aug, Patrick H. Lauke wrote:

>> 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.

Completely agree (although I didn't touch on it in my replies, admittedly).

 >   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.

In this case then, using extensibility and namespacing, things like 
CompSci specific markup, as well as mathematical/chemical/etc 
specialised languages should be used, rather than keeping those very 
specific (in the case of samp,kbd,var) and those completely 
inappropriate (imho) elements (sub/sup) completely out of the generic 

Patrick H. Lauke
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