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[Bug 6774] <mark> element: restrict insertion by other servers

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--- Comment #21 from Nick Levinson <Nick_Levinson@yahoo.com>  2009-08-21 15:37:07 ---
That mark is intended to allow third-party markup of a page in transit or as
served without the user knowing is supported by this from a chat log
(<http://krijnhoetmer.nl/irc-logs/whatwg/20080218#l-98> &
<http://krijnhoetmer.nl/irc-logs/whatwg/20080218#l-99>, respectively, both as
accessed 8-21-09):

* * * * *
# [01:29] <Philip`> "I also have some <mark>kitten</mark>s" - that makes me
wonder whether "<mark>kittens</mark>" would be acceptable (from a cleverer
search engine that detects words with the same basic meaning, rather than doing
substring matches, and it might get <mark>young cat</mark> too) 
# [01:31] <Philip`> (I believe it is perfectly acceptable, but the example
makes me wonder anyway, so maybe the example could say <mark>kittens</mark> to
be clear that it's not meant to be strict about anything)
* * * * *

In one of the IRC logs also was a comment about not reading what's longer than
a screenful. When a bunch of people make erroneous claims, especially when
they're conflicting claims, a single informative reply to all of them will
usually be longer.

There also seems to be one commenter's view that the way the Internet was long
ago defines how it's used today. Its growth includes website owners, probably a
supermajority of whom require stability of what they send, perhaps not in the
1970s but definitely now, and the Web has to include them. Tell them that
intermediaries may edit what's shown to users without users knowing and that
commentator will get a surprising answer.

Thank you.

-- 
Nick


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