[whatwg] Semantics in WYSIWYG

Maniac Maniac at SoftwareManiacs.Org
Tue Aug 30 02:35:46 PDT 2005

Jim Ley wrote:

>WYSIWYG editing has to produce "tag-soup", it's free of semantics, as
>the wysiwyg cannot know the semantics intended by the user, for that
>reason the only way is to limit the elements to those with only strong
>semantics - links, images etc.
That won't work. People use <blockquote> for indentation as we know.

I beleive that more useful way to encourage user to use elements 
semantically (the only that I can think of) is to use very visible, 
distinct and different from UAs defaults styling. I mean if for example 
<blockquote> has background image of a quotation mark and generated 
content with a user name from it's 'cite' attribute, then few users 
would want to use it just for indentation.

I also think that WYSIWYG semantics is essentially very hard anyway...

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