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  • From: Chris Maden <crism@oreilly.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 13:59:28 -0400 (EDT)

[John Cowan]
> After reading an excellent article on the dangers of the HTML FONT
> element at http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/~mudws/font.html , I have
> decided to remove it from ibtwsh.dtd.  Instead, I have supplied the
> BIG and SMALL elements for marking important and unimportant text,
> and decided to abandon color support altogether, since existing
> browsers do not permit it to be overridden (which may mean that the
> author's text color is invisible against the user's background
> color).

You're making progress!  Now take out <big> and <small>, <i>, <b>, and
<tt>, which are purely presentational, and use <em> and <strong>,
<code>, <samp>, <kbd>, and <var>, unless you're trying to re-invent
TeX (which is pretty much what HTML did).

For XSchema I would suggest, as another poster did, that some element
types specific to the subject at hand might be useful, such as
<elementtype>, <attributename>, and <attributevalue>.  Don't force
IBTWML into XSchema; adapt it to the task at hand.  That is, after
all, the point of XML.

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