[whatwg] [html5] 2.8. Edits

Anne van Kesteren fora at annevankesteren.nl
Mon Apr 18 01:14:00 PDT 2005

Now I know backwards compatibility is important[1], but DEL and INS are 
insanely complex to use and do not cover all "edit" use cases. What 
XHTML2 does makes more sense to me (introducing a global attribute) and 
also covers the use cases you see most online.

Editing forum posts, weblog posts, etc. With forum posts there is mostly 
a note that the user edited his comment but you never see 
"though<ins>t</ins>". You see something like: "Last time edited: 
{date}". Now if you could say somehow that the contents of some element 
have been modified:

  <article edit="modified" datetime="{datetime}">

You could easily present that information to the user using CSS or some 
other mechanism. INS and DEL are IMHO not really appropriate for those 
kind of edits.


  Anne van Kesteren

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