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Re: Five new proposals about CSS

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 10:02:16 -0500
Message-ID: <43526B78.8060900@mit.edu>
To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>
CC: www-style@w3.org

Patrick H. Lauke wrote:
> How can a presentational value be "of the essence"? Typographical 
> tradition or custom, maybe, but "essence"? If it's so intrinsically 
> linked, how can it be conveyed in other forms of communication, like 
> speech, then?

In speech you would explicitly say that the text is italicised.

Consider for example giving a lecture on a poem in which the author italicised 
certain words and talking about the impact of that decision on the way the 
reader perceives the poem visually.  In your lecture, the italics is not 
tradition or custom, but of the essence -- it's being discussed.  So you mention 
it explicitly when quoting the poem.

Now consider putting that lecture on a web page.

-Boris
Received on Sunday, 16 October 2005 15:02:32 GMT

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