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Re: 'role' should be property

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 14:12:46 +0100
Message-ID: <640dd5060705230612j3f444386o87a403f57c92c91d@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-html@w3.org

Hi Dmitri,

> I am pretty sure the whole thing is a horrible idea. Not only the
> separation of concerns is compromised, but think about it: in order to
> understand semantics of an HTML document, you'll also need to parse
> the stylesheet. Now you're doubling the effort for non-browser user
> agents. Semantics should stay in the markup and certainly not require
> additional documents to parse in order to understand the meaning of
> the document.

Mmm...this doesn't sound like a discussion about software development
to me; something is a "horrible idea"? That means nothing. Some
software has to parse two things instead of one? Big deal...computers
spend most of their time doing nothing anyway. (Unless you count
sitting in a loop waiting for something to do as doing something.)
"Semantics should stay in the mark-up"? Which book of rules was that
handed down from? Semantics *about* documents, that are not themselves
contained within documents make up an enormous part of the web.

I'm not saying my idea is 'right' and there should be no debate. What
I'm saying is that if people want to debate issues like this, it is
important to get beyond simple assertions, that usually only reflect
what their proponent is familiar and comfortable with.



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Received on Wednesday, 23 May 2007 13:12:59 UTC

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