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Re: Complex Table Examples

From: Bruce Lawson <bruce@brucelawson.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 13 May 2007 12:28:02 +0100
To: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>,www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <E1HnCEm-0005Ea-NF@lisa.w3.org>

>I think I can make good cases for var, samp and kbd.
>var might better be called meta-name and is one of the standard uses 
>of italics.

Is that a good case for var, or a good case for retention of the <i> element?

>samp and kbd cover cases that are present in practically every user 
>guide for any technological product.

That's true. But copyright notices appear on nearly every piece of 
writing anywhere, so why is there non <copyright> element?
I'm not arguing that there should be,  but questioning your 
assumption that because there are lots of user guides, they need 
special elements. Equally, there are millions of poems and song 
lyrics on the Web; I would disagree if you used that an argument for 
a stanza element, verse element or chorus element.

But the point behind Philip's question is one that concerns me 
greatly. It is wrong that features introduced to aid accessibility 
are being removed from the spec, even though WCAG explicitly 
recommends their use 
http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-HTML-TECHS/#data-tables and it is 
inconsistent to retain elements that have dubious value, such as 
<var> or <code>

Bruce Lawson

travellers tales, music, middle-aged grumblings at www.brucelawson.co.uk
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