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Re: COMMENTARY on Tutorials (English this time)

From: CE Whitehead <cewcathar@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2006 17:02:01 -0500
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To: coralie@w3.org
Cc: w3c-translators@w3.org

Hi!  Sorry for taking so long to get back.

Actually the commentary would probably be inappropriate if Dr. Raggett were 
in the process of revising either tutorial-- "Advanced HTML" or "Adding a 
Touch of Style."
Because I assume that some of the issues I am thinking of addressing will be 
addressed in any revision.

Things I wanted to include in the commentary include the following:

*note on more updated addressing (with id rather than the a tag with the 
name attribute)  now in use (something Dr. Raggett did address as 
soon-to-come on the web in his tutorial) (the old a name  will jiggle if 
someone defines a.hover in the style codes for links, so the new addressing 
gives the writer better control of display)
* note the use of float rather than simply align for formatting images and 
other elements on the page (float is important in page formatting in my 
opinion since it can be used to float a tab menu to the left of the  main 
page contents)
* give more details on formatting/sizing tables as a %, in em, and in pixels
* give details on the java script event onload, and on other java script 
events which are used to start the execution of code; since Dr. Raggett had 
an example of java script using the onload event in his "Advanced.html" 
tutorial, I wanted to point out that onload could only be placed once in a 
page, and then mention where there were other events.
* give a brief introduction to java script also

In the meantime, I have been working on my own commentary on html page 
creation where I just reference the W3C documents and do not comment on any 
one in particular; it seems to not require copyright permission and works 
fine for me for now if Dr. Raggett is currently revising either tutorial:

It also provides an example of the kind of perhaps detailed commentary I am 
talking about; I still have not put all the information I want in it.

So perhaps that is all that is needed for now, and not a W3C linked 
commentary on any tutorial.

Let me know if/when the W3C thinks on commentary on the two Raggett 
documents, "Advanced.html" and "Adding a Touch of Style" would be in order.


--C. E. Whitehead

* * *

Il sera probable que le commentaire ne sera pas pertinent si Dr. Raggett est 
en train de reecrire ou "Advanced.html" ou "Adding a Touch of Style".

Y inclus dans ce que je pensais a inclure dans le commentaire:
* les facons variees d'adresser le but d'un lien qui se trouve dans la page 
ou se trouve aussi le lien;
* l'utilisation de la propriete CSS float (alternative a la 
propriete/l'attribut CSS align) pour preciser l'affichage d'un image ou de 
n'importe quel element dans une page web; cette propriete/c'attribut 
s'utilise actuellement plus et plus pour la configuration d'une page web; 
par exemple, on peut utiliser float pour "float" un "tab menu" a la gauche 
du contenu d'une page;
* les facons de preciser la taille d'un tableau (comme % ou en em ou en 
* l'evenement javascript onload et autres evenements javascript; cet 
evenement javascript s'utilise dans le petit programme javascript--inclu par 
Dr. Raggett comme exemplaire dans son didacticiel, "Advanced.html"; il me 
semblait qu'il vaudrait mieux expliquer un peu le javascript dans cet 
exemplaire, par exemple, l'evenement onload ne peut s'utiliser qu'une seul 
fois dans une page web;
* quelques renseignements de plus sur javascript.

Pour l'instant, je suis en train de creer une page dont j'explique un peu 
l'html et le javascript--avec des references aux documents du w3c, mais sans 
etre commentaire sur un document particulier du w3c; voici le lien:

Il se trouve dans ce document-ci le type de commentaire que je pensais a 

(En plus, je ne crois pas qu'il y a le probleme de droit de copy/copyright 
qu'il y a avec le commentaire et ainsi que je peux le faire sans vous 
demander permission.)

Peut-etre ca va pour le moment;   s'il vous plait, n'hesitez pas a me 
contacter en cas ou le w3C s'interesse a quelque chose de plus, c'est a 
dire, a un commentaire sur les documents du Dr. Raggett, "Advanced.html" et 
"Adding a Touch of Style".

En vous remerciant a l'avance,

C. E. Whitehead

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>I don't know what a commentary on tutorials is and how relevant that is to  
>the w3c-translators list. Can you please clarify?
>Thanks in advance
>On Wed, 22 Nov 2006 09:28:12 +0900, CE Whitehead <cewcathar@hotmail.com>  
>>Hi, I am thinking of commenting on the following tutorials (in English  
>>this time):
>>Dave Raggett, "More Advanced Features" (of HTML),
>>Dave Raggett, "Adding a Touch of Style" (to HTML pages),
>>Please let me know if such commentary would be in order
>>(if Dr. Raggett is about to update either page, then I can skip this  
>>commentary and wait and see if this commentary is in order)?
>>--C. E. Whitehead
>>The main notes I have are:
>>1.  GENERAL:
>>XML served as a form of HTML, with XHTML, is now starting to be  preferred 
>>over HTML on the World Wide Web (XML is important in the  semantic web; 
>>it's possible to create one's own semantic categories  using XML; XML uses 
>>tree structures; trees--with roots, branches, and  branches from the 
>>branches (though I myself tend to think of the XML  structures as 
>>parenthetical comments inside of other parenthetical  comments) are one 
>>kind of data structure; tables--or arrays of  arrays--are another).
>>The XHTML has some similarities to HTML, but has its own peculiarities.   
>>Persons interested in learning HTML might also be interested in learning  
>>about XML and XHTML!  See the W3C Recommendation, XHTML 1.0, for  
>>information about XHTML.
>>2.  TABLES ("More Advanced Features"); FONT ("Adding a Touch of Style")
>>The focus of the information/examples about Tables in "More Advanced  
>>Features"/font size in "Adding a Touch of Style," seems to be in general  
>>aimed at telling HTML writers how to create Tables that are more  
>>accessible to all, with the font size relative to the user settings, and  
>>the cell size flexible to accommodate when words are not wrapped.
>>2.a.  Tables of Pre-defined size (versus tables where the width is  
>>defined as a percentage of window width; or tables where the width is  
>>undefined) ("More Advanced Features"):
>>Some writers however still use Tables to format pages; though style  codes 
>>that define divisions within the page today can similarly format a  page 
>>into rows and columns.
>>If one opts to set the size of one's table in pixels, then perhaps one  
>>should also specify the exact size of the font rather than a relative  
>>font size, or the table size and column widths might be resized anyway  
>>(the Mozilla browser, which never wraps longer text strings in a table  
>>cell, does this; while the Internet Explorer browser can also wrap  longer 
>>text strings, for example, when the text string indicates a link).
>>It's wise thus to opt for a relatively large font I guess to begin with  
>>in pre-sized tables, to accommodate all users.
>>It's of course possible to control word-wrapping completely in table  
>>cells by inserting an additional division (a paragraph or other  division) 
>>within the cells, but word-wrapping is not one of the possible  attributes 
>>of table cells so it does not work with style definitions of  table cells; 
>>you have to add the division  (for HTML versions 4.0, 4.01).
>>3.  The Banner Add java script code in the section on Adding Java Script  
>>to HTML Pages ("More Advanced Features")
>>Onload is an action which can be called on only once in a page; the  
>>"onload" code is normally placed in the Body tag and when placed in the  
>>Body tag will generally happen about the same time the page loads  (I do  
>>not know that much java script though; oh well; want to comment on it  
>>4.  ("Adding a Touch of Style")
>>It's generally argued that the style codes (normally placed in the  
>>headers; ideally place these in the headers, just above the body tag, if  
>>there are no java script functions; otherwise place these in the headers  
>>just before any java script functions are defined as java script  
>>functions sometimes make use of the style definitions; of course, some  
>>web hosts incorporate one's page into the body of a host-created page  and 
>>then the only place to place the style and java script function  
>>definitions is under the body tag alas) are the best way to specify  
>>paragraph and division formats.
>>To change the style of a page using style definitions at the page top,  
>>one just has to redo the style codes at the top and then check the new  
>>display in a few browsers to make sure the page looks right.
>>MS Word of course places the style information in the page division tags  
>>themselves, in the body, so it's not so easy to edit Word created pages  
>>using HTML; additionally, style definitions at the top of the page are  
>>overwritten when edited by MS Word.
>>(For someone who did not want to get Front Page or learn much HTML, I  
>>redid her pages with the style codes in the page division tags so that  
>>the page would not be automatically changed by Word.)
>>I've got a few other notes as well, but nothing else major.
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