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Re: HTML is a declarative mark-up language

From: Murray Maloney <murray@muzmo.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 19:38:45 -0500
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To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: Jirka Kosek <jirka@kosek.cz>,HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

At 11:30 PM 1/29/2009 +0000, Ian Hickson wrote:
>On Thu, 29 Jan 2009, Jirka Kosek wrote:
> >
> > I'm not asking for listing 40 attributes but for adding just one link
> > that will point to section defining these 40 global attributes. So every
> > reader will easily find that element XYZ has those 5 element specific
> > attributes and also shares other global attributes.
>So you are asking for a link saying "Common attributes" linking to:
>    http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#global-attributes
>...to be added to every element's definition?
>I've so far tried to avoid redundant links like that.
>Isn't it self-explanatory that the attributes that apply to every element
>also apply to each element listed in the spec...?

It may be deducible, but that is not enough. A link would be helpful.

That the common attributes are common to every element is a summary
of the facts. The facts themselves should be evident. Eschew obfuscation.
It is possible to go too far in the cause of eschewing redundancy.
Received on Friday, 30 January 2009 01:00:00 UTC

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