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Re: Pandering to poor authorship (was Proposing <indent> vs. <blockquote>)

From: Dão Gottwald <dao@design-noir.de>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 10:28:12 +0200
Message-ID: <4623339C.7090905@design-noir.de>
To: Mike Schinkel <w3c-lists@mikeschinkel.com>
CC: Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Mike Schinkel schrieb:
>> The situation in which people can only insert snippets and not affect 
>> their
>> presentation can exist for very good reasons: to ensure that they don't
>> create a mess. 
> Again, specious. The case would be far more often than people would need 
> to be given reasonable control of how their snippets would be 
> formatted.  What site owner wants user contributions to be poorly 
> visually formatted ?

It is the page author who rules the layout. If she wants code blocks to 
be indented, adding |pre { margin-left: 2em; }| to the stylesheet is the 
trivial solution.

> That said, how can <indent> create a mess where <div 
> style="padding-left:2em"> cannot?

Who says that <div style="padding-left:2em"> cannot? Using <div> instead 
of semantically descriptive elements should be considered equally bad.

Btw, that's also why the style attribute was deprecated in XHTML 1.1. 
HTML4 says "For optimal flexibility, authors should define styles in 
external style sheets."

Received on Monday, 16 April 2007 08:28:33 UTC

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