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Re: Definition of "semantics"

From: Jens Meiert <jens.meiert@erde3.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 01:07:12 +0200 (MEST)
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
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"Semantics" lexically is "the philosophical and scientific study of meaning"
[1] (or try an analogy [2]). Cool.

"Semantics in the domain of Web standards" not only seems to imply that
elements (I'd narrow it to Markup languages) actually have got a meaning,
but that they need to be used accordingly - everybody uses semantic Markup,
but only a few use Markup according to its semantics (which is a problem).

> To fulfill my action item, I passed around a pad of paper to a group 
> of nearly a dozen standardistas [...]

I propose to ask specialists like e.g. Ian Hickson or Patrick Hayes for
their thoughts on this subject. In a /serious/ context - that goes without

[1] http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9110293&query=semantics
[2] http://www.google.com/search?q=define%3Asemantics

Jens Meiert
Information Architect

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