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Re: What are Semantics? (Was: Serving generic XML)

From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 16:52:31 -0400
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To: www-tag@w3.org, www-style@w3.org

At 1:29 PM -0700 8/19/02, Kynn Bartlett wrote:


>If you make an arbitrary XML document, you cannot expect a browser to
>determine that <headline> is supposed to be "a header" -- even if you
>have visual presentation added on (via styles) which show that.

Ah, but I can expect exactly that. And if a browser fails to do so 
then I say this is a flawed browser, especially when it comes to 
accessibility. If humans can recognize certain visual layouts as 
headers, then I think we should teach our computers to recognize them 
too.

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