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[whatwg] Element name expressiveness

From: Michel Fortin <michel.fortin@michelf.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2006 09:43:37 -0500
Message-ID: <64BA5887-EF72-4F40-A7A4-2A5095B9C86B@michelf.com>
That's a personal opinion, but I think it may have some value.

I find the proposed <x> and <t> elements to lack expressiveness in  
their names. I understand that making them shorter is desirable, but  
it also has a drawback: they're harder to understand simply by  
looking at the source and their meaning can more easily be  
misunderstood. Not everybody read the spec and those that don't are  
more prone to use them inappropriately.

Personally, I'd favor <term> and <time> instead, or anything else  
that conveys a meaning. That's especially important since these  
element will have, most of the time, no noticeable effect on the  
visual representation of the document.


Michel Fortin
michel.fortin at michelf.com
http://www.michelf.com/
Received on Tuesday, 31 October 2006 06:43:37 UTC

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