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Re: Getting beyond the ping pong match (was RE: Cleaning House)

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Mon, 07 May 2007 00:56:29 +1000
Message-ID: <463DEC9D.1010004@lachy.id.au>
To: "Jukka K. Korpela" <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
CC: www-html@w3.org, public-html@w3.org

Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
> On Sun, 6 May 2007, Henri Sivonen wrote:
>> Considering that research shows that "copyright" is one of the most 
>> common class values, it is a reasonable hypothesis that it is used to 
>> mark up copyright notices and that there is demand for markup for 
>> copyright notices.
> 
> No, it's just a guess, and a rather wrong guess.

To show that it was a wrong guess, you would need evidence to show that 
the number of sites using class="copyright" for a purpose other than a 
copyright notice far outweighed those that do.

However, it does seem like a reasonable hypothesis that the majority of 
authors using class="copyright" are using it for something related 
copyright.

> It's also based on a wrong assumption that class names should be 
> interpreted using an English dictionary.

It's true that there are many class values that are not English words 
(many are not actual words in any language), but "copyright" clearly is 
and in this case, its English definition can be reasonably applied.

-- 
Lachlan Hunt
http://lachy.id.au/
Received on Sunday, 6 May 2007 14:56:44 GMT

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