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Re: Positioning HTML Elements with Cascading Style Sheets

From: Steve Knoblock <knoblock@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Sun, 02 Feb 1997 11:55:12 -0500
Message-Id: <2.2.32.19970202165512.007690a4@postoffice.worldnet.att.net>
To: Todd Fahrner <fahrner@pobox.com>, www-style@www10.w3.org
I think people will learn as hypertext becomes a universal medium. When they
start making up their own elements via sub-classing they will have to think
in terms of content and structure to get it right. I've not worked with SGML
directly but if we move toward SGML browsers, I think that will push for
correctness and a 'content' philosophy. If people use a WYSIWYG editor with
a selection of content elements like <copyright> and <sidebar> they may
start to see things in terms of meaning and not presentation.

MS Word is an interesting specimen. It already builds documents up by
applying styles to structural elements. Perhaps editors like this can
substitute <cite>, <em> or such for <i> automatically, attaching an
appropriate style. Otherwise, the only solution to the <i> or <b> problem is
to educate or deprecate.

my $0.02

Steve

>For the people who don't choose to notice that there's a difference
>between <em> and <i>, I'm not convinced that there is any hope
>at all.  There are those who think we have all day to spend downloading
>callow plugins in order to browser their pages.
>
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