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RE: [xml-dev] piling new semantics on old


We need to get John Cleese and President Clinton to wade in on this.

The parrot is not dead its resting.  Depends what the meaning of is is.

I've never had a problem understanding what bold and italic text does - its so old folks like me can see it easier and it stands out from the rest of the text so we pay attention to those bits more.

Any questions?

; -)


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [xml-dev] piling new semantics on old
From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Tue, July 13, 2010 2:19 pm
To: "xml-dev@lists.xml.org" <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>

Once upon a time we used b for bold and i for italic. Now, well, I
don't think anyone's sure any more.


We talk a lot here about the difficulties of versioning and the
challenges that creates for interpreting documents. I think this may be
an excellent case of just how strange simple things can become after that.

There is, of course, the class attribute to help, but after hearing
various claims about how semantics should really be carried by elements
in HTML5, it seems inconsistent somehow.

Oh well - hopefully this will enrich some XML vocabulary-building tutorials.

Simon St.Laurent


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