[whatwg] Semantics in WYSIWYG

Jim Ley jim.ley at gmail.com
Tue Aug 30 03:49:23 PDT 2005

On 8/30/05, Maniac <Maniac at softwaremaniacs.org> wrote:
> 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.

with contentEditable as implemented in IE and mozilla currently (with
a paste rich text block in place), it works as the only way users can
enter mark-up is with their limited controls provided by the page

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

Absolutely, which is why you constrain the problem to something manageable.


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