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Re: XHTML2: Elements to include and not to include (i and b)

From: Philip TAYLOR [PC335/O-XP] <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 19:18:51 +0100
Message-ID: <3D57FC0B.163B6E66@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: samuli@samulilintula.net
CC: www-html@w3.org

Samuli Lintula wrote:
> I would like to propose including <i> and <b> in the XHTML2. Even if they are mostly
> presentational, their *presentation* holds information.
> In biology, systematic names for species are written in italics:
> <i>S. cerevisiae</i> in a middle of sentence might not be understood as a species if it
> wasn't for the <i> tags. <span class="bug-name"> does not bear the same information.

With respect, I could not disagree more : the /viewer/ of the page will
not see "<span class="bug-name">S. cerevisiae</span>" (or even 
<span class="Linnaean-binomial">S. cerevisiae</span>) but will rather see 
S. cerevisiae rendered in italics PROVIDED THAT the associated style-sheet
renders objects of class "Linnaean-binomial" (or "bug-name") in italics.
The blind or partially-sighted reader, OTOH, will be /told/ that "S. cerevisiae"
is a Linnaean binomial, rather than having to guess for him- or herself based
solely on its default rendering in italics...

What I would /like/ to be able to do, as you may infer from my
immediately preceding posting, is tag it as

	<Linnaean-binomial>S. cerevisiae</>

where <Linnaean-binomial> will (be defined to) expand to 
<em class="Linnaean-binomial"> in the browser, but it would seem
that that is not possible, as far as I can tell.

Philip Taylor, RHBNC
Received on Monday, 12 August 2002 14:18:54 UTC

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