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RE: AuthConfReq: Presentational Markup

From: Dean Leigh <dean.leigh@deanleigh.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 08:40:08 +0100
To: "'Aryeh Gregor'" <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>, "'Maciej Stachowiak'" <mjs@apple.com>
Cc: "'Sam Ruby'" <rubys@intertwingly.net>, "'HTML WG'" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000b01cacfdc$3a88d080$af9a7180$@leigh@deanleigh.co.uk>
>> But inline presentational markup is sometimes necessary, or at least useful.
>> Sometimes you want to use a particular style only once, so defining a class and everything is silly.
>> Aryeh Gregor

I can't see any case where using "presentational" markup inline is necessary or useful.
As a user, if the style you require is not available from your existing stylesheet and it is necessary to create a new one then it is highly likely that same style will be of use again.
There is nothing to say that a particular style should be used more than once to be added to the stylesheet but numerous benefits for doing so.
This technique becomes more valuable as the number of users increases to maintain consistency across a site but is of equal benefit to individual users creating large sites.

In my experience users that randomly create new styles for essentially the same use e.g. Author > Bold, Blue and then Author > Green, Italic etc.. will do so inline or in a stylesheet. This is a training issue that can be more easily managed in stylesheets than inline e.g. <p class="author">Author: Bill Smith</p> over <p style="color:red; font-weight:bold">Author: Bill Smith</p>

Regards,
Dean
Received on Tuesday, 30 March 2010 07:41:24 UTC

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