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Re: SVG and HTML

From: Sarr Blumson <sarr@umich.edu>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 15:30:17 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <199907291930.PAA06645@stick.us.itd.umich.edu>
To: www-talk@w3.org

In message <4.2.0.56.19990729111047.00c3c100@biomail.ucsd.edu>, 
Dmitry Beransky writes:
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[...]
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>After all, of all the people currently designing for the Web, how many do 
>actually care about or even understand the principles on which (X)HTML is 
>based.  All they want, is that their pages look the same everywhere.  And 
>that's exactly what SVG will give them.  Is our future, the future of the 
>Web in SVG?

Whether people care about structure depends on what their doing, of 
course.  Their are lots of people who only care about how pages look; some 
of them are
the ones whose pages are already one giant gif, with an image map.  But 
the structure conveys information that gets lost that way.  Knowing that a 
list is a list lets a screen reader for blind users _tell_ them that it's 
enumerating a list.  Heading tags let a search engine tell you whether 
hits occurred in section headings or in text (the Text Encoding Initiative 
<http://www.tei-c.org/> carries this to great lengths for academics doing 
textual analysis stuff.  All of this matters to some people.

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