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Re: Decentralized poetry markup (language)

From: Dr. Olaf Hoffmann <Dr.O.Hoffmann@gmx.de>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 11:37:20 +0100
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <201001201137.21206.Dr.O.Hoffmann@gmx.de>
The vocabulary collection for literature markup exists, 
a complete specification too:

If there are ideas to improve this, feedback is welcome
of course (one option for an update could be an element
like svg:use, because it appears, that quite a lot people
currently use PHP etc mainly just to simulate this element
for (X)HTML output; another option could be a more realistic
indication for date and time, more realistic than the current
HTML5 and the LML approach, what would be relevant 
more for literature than for daily tag soup. And no - I
will not add unicode spelling details for element names,
element content, attribute values or general strings in each 
section ;o)

But I do not know a native implementation for the complete
specification apart from generic XML support, partial support
for XLink and CSS in some user-agents. The biggest problem
is currently, that common user-agents have incomplete or no
implementation of even the simple type of XLink, what is no
problem of course for a mixture with or an integration in (X)HTML, 
because (X)HTML has its own mechanism for hyperlinking.
And currently it provides only some (default) style-sheets for
visual presentation, because I have no experience with 
style-sheets for other types of presentation and no device
to test such presentations.

If there is a real interest to extract some subset applicable for
an integration in (X)HTML with some noticable and usable final
result, this would be fine and if required and requested I could help ;o)
On the other hand, I have not much interest to write yet another
wiki-page, specification, proposal, whatever, just  as a personal
occupational therapy ;o)

Therefore if there is no common aim to really extend (X)HTML
with some more semantics, I recommend using html:div and html:span
together with the already existing LML vocabulary with a role mechanism 
or with RDFa (or an equivalent mechanism to provide relations to other
vocabularies). This requires almost no extra work on drafts to what seems 
to be already work in progress in the current HTML5 drafts and is already
applicable within SVG tiny 1.2 and the XHTML+RDFa recommendation.

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