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Re: Semicolon after entities

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 20:38:37 +0200
To: Edward O'Connor <hober0@gmail.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <8gbc33djf6qk54eoumo312e78nev6ir3go@hive.bjoern.hoehrmann.de>

* Edward O'Connor wrote:
>For instance, suppose that for reasons of interoperability & not
>breaking the web the <tt> element must be supported by browsers (default
>rendering with a monospaced font, etc.). It would be entirely reasonable
>to simultaneously require authors to not use this element, for whatever
>reason -- it's purely presentational, etc.

I am not sure what is entirely reasonable about that. Could you say what
test you apply to determine whether a certain prohibition is "entirely
reasonable"? Two common questions that help to decide this are "Is this
required for interoperability" and "Does this cause harm". It seems that
neither is the case for <tt>. You can make a good argument in favour of
not using it in most cases, or that it should not have been introduced
in the first place, just like you can make good arguments against use of
improper spelling, dark gray text on black background, or not specifying
the natural language of documents, but those are different matters.
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