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Re: Marking Up Acronym and Abbreviations

From: Philip TAYLOR [PC336/H-XP] <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 21:09:20 +0000
Message-ID: <3E384300.38DF0FAC@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
CC: "www-html@w3.org" <www-html@w3.org>

David Woolley wrote:


> Because of the level of confusion, and the difficulty of getting anyone
> to comply with the even the most fundamental abstraction concepts in
> HTML, I suspect collapsing them into one category is the only thing that
> might work, for the <5% of people that will bother to mark them at all.

Isn't that a bit defeatist ?  If one were to follow
this principle to its logical conclusion, one would
ditch <em> on the basis that typographers think of
it as a horizontal unit of length and replace it with
<i> on the basis that italicisation is the effect which 
95% of its users intend ...  Not exactly /reductio ad 
absurdam/, but I think you can see where this "let's elide 
potentially misunderstood tags" could lead ...

Philip Taylor, RHBNC
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