Re: several messages about <i> and many related subjects

Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Sun, 17 Apr 2005, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
>> Ian Hickson wrote:
>>> Is there any advantage to marking up people's names?
>> Not really. As there is no way to distinquish two people sharing the 
>> same name. Furthermore, it would only be useful for the few who "love 
>> semantics", since names are typically not rendered any different from 
>> other paragraph text.
OK, then please explain why the XFN and Microformats movement hit center 
stage if there is no advantage in marking up people's names? It's not 
only useful to those who "love semantics" but also websites that are not 
Latin based, i.e. Chinese and Japanese. In Chinese names are 
traditionally distinguished with a underline to indicate it is in fact a 
name, this has been the case for thousands of years, otherwise it is 
hard for the reader to distinguish meaning because a person's name is 
usually taken from common words, such as "dragon", "peace", "gold", 
"clever" etc.

Received on Tuesday, 15 April 2008 08:12:45 UTC