[whatwg] Re: Are the semantic inline elements really useful?
jg307 at cam.ac.uk
Sun Sep 4 12:02:57 PDT 2005
Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> Henri Sivonen wrote:
>> Could the user interface difficulties with this semantic inline
>> elements stem at least partly from problems with the semantic inline
>> elements themselves?
> I don't think so. I think it stems from the average person who thinks
> about things presentationally and jumps straight from "what is the
> content" to "how do I want it to look" and then marks that up. The
> problem is then compounded by poorly designed authoring tools that
> encourage such practices.
What's the difference between a poorly designed element and one that
doesn't fit the mental model of authors? If the second doesn't imply the
first then can we reasonably expect authors to use the elements in the
intended way? When designing the spec should we not consider the
usability of the language to be a high priority? If people get things
wrong all the time that, almost by definition, seems to imply poor
usability, and hence poor design, no?
"As soon as people come up with a measurable substitute for whatever
it is they care about they start treating it as more important than the
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