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Re: kelvSYC's Thoughts on the new XHTML Draft

From: Philip TAYLOR [PC87S/O-XP] <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 18:09:26 +0100
Message-ID: <3EBFD546.59D27876@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Ernest Cline <ernestcline@mindspring.com>
CC: www-html@w3.org

Ernest Cline wrote:


> Unfortunately, we have an undesireable side effect of the fact that the
> people most interested in what to put in XHTML 2 are computer
> programming geeks. (Myself included.) The code, kbd, var and samp
> elements are too narrow in scope for a general purpose hypertext markup
> language. Adding blockcode was step backwards in my opinion because as
> Christoph pointed out, adding blockcode only makes sense if blocksamp
> (and blockkbd) are added as well.  They are useful elements, but they
> belong in a separate CompML (similar to MathML) not as part of XHTML2.
> If one takes a look at real world usage of (X)HTML , the four existing
> computing markup elememts are some of the least used, because so few
> HTML pages deal with computing. If I were the XHTML2 dictator, then
> these four elements would be the first to be purged.

Hear hear.  For far too long, HTML has been unnecessarily bloated
by these Neanderthal elements; let's make XHTML lean and mean,
not gross and corpulent. 

Philip Taylor, RHBNC
Received on Monday, 12 May 2003 13:10:25 UTC

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