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Plain Text vs Linearization

From: Wayne Dick <wayneedick@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:30:09 -0700
Message-ID: <CAJeQ8SCESZPJJuFWuw57fmHNwMY1XXndHe4mScfTweqmE-KhXw@mail.gmail.com>
To: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
To all,

I think plain text is a misleading term.  It makes me think of the
<pre> element. Very fixed and very rigid.  Linearized text, is marked
up HTML.  There are links, headings, paragraphs everything but style,
and regrettably data tables.  Actually it is styled with the default
HTML style.  Links are blue, headings are big  and lists are lists.

Linearizatized text is very structured markup in a different format.
If linearize is to geeky how about "reading order" --convert the page
to reading order.

For me plain text has a very bad connotation. People used to  give
ASCII page equivalents that were rarely equivalent.  These
alternatives were referred to as "plain text" alternatives.

Received on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:30:36 UTC

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