Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1992 10:37:06 -0500 (EST) From: Edward Vielmetti <email@example.com> Subject: Re: question and answer, style guide? To: Tim Berners-Lee <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Robert Raisch <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org In-Reply-To: <9211031230.AA01398@www3.cern.ch> Message-Id: <Pine.3.05.9211031003.A20803email@example.com> (c) is arguable from a design point of view. however, since we're dealing with structured text, it should be possible to structure a document (with some labor) so that it looks useful in both contexts. as to (b), the only useful definition of a tag that I have is how it shows up on the screen. my biggest argument is for (a). or more precisely, for tags that are less of a strict descriptive markup and more of a functional or structural markup, so that I could mark things up as <question> ... </question> and <answer> ... </answer> and then go later and define what those mean as far as on screen presentation. ideally this might lead to full support for SGML and DTDs and all of those heavy-weight but powerful constructs. the real answer might be "edit in a real SGML environment, then edit the tags so they work with HTML browsers". in that case what I'm really asking for is design for a frequently asked questions DTD, and I'm (currently) sorely lacking the tools needed to experiment my way to an answer. On Tue, 3 Nov 1992, Tim Berners-Lee wrote: > (a) you need more variety of tags, or that > (b) the 24x80 representation of the existing tags is suboptimal, or that > (c) the task is impossible by its nature -- you must rewritethe document.