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Re: Simple template-based editing

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 20:52:02 +0000 (UTC)
To: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0509292046410.23945@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Thu, 29 Sep 2005, Bert Bos wrote:
> >
> > IE invented contentEditable for doing something similar to what you
> > describe, btw. (contentEditable is being specified in the WHATWG
> > specs: http://whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#editing
> > ...so that it can be more interoperably implemented in other UAs.)
> The property/attribute may not have much stylistic semantics, but it 
> doesn't have content semantics either. HTML isn't a template format, so 
> template semantics should be kept separate from it.

Many people have conflicing opinions about what HTML is. :-)

> And, as I said, you can have templates for anything, not just for HTML. 
> An attribute in HTML would solve only the HTML case.

If multiple languages are a concern, then a global attribute (as Daniel 
suggested) would be one option. On the Web one mostly sees HTML at the 
moment. (SVG also has an attribute for this, FWIW, though SVG is a 
presentational language rather than a semantic language.)

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