[whatwg] Joe Clark's Criticisms of the WHATWG and HTML 5
Charles Iliya Krempeaux
supercanadian at gmail.com
Wed Nov 1 15:25:23 PST 2006
On 11/1/06, James Graham <jg307 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> Charles Iliya Krempeaux wrote:
> >> To take a slight detour into the (hopefully not too) abstract, what
> >> people think the fundamental point of semantics in HTML is?
> > I'd say Machine readability.
> Sorry to be pedantic but what do you mean "machine readable"? All
> (conforming) HTML documents are "machine readable" in the sense that
> they can be parsed by machines, and no machine is capable of
> understanding the actual content, so presumably you mean something else.
I mean so that a machine can understand what you are saying... what you
For example... I could write...
And Jane Blow said... you are so cool. To which I said... I know.
A machine (of today) isn't going to understand this. But I could mark it up
<address class="vcard"><a rel="friend met" class="url fn" href="
<q cite="http://jane.example.com/1234.html#xyz">you are so cool</q>.
<address class="vcard"><a class="url fn" href="
http://joe.example.com/"><abbr title="John Doe">I</addr></a></address>
<q cite="http://jane.example.com/1234.html#zzz">I know</q>.
And a machine would understand that alot better.
Make sense? (Or should I explain more?... I'm being lazy by asking this...
I just don't feel like doing alot of typing right now... but if it needs
more explanation let me know.)
Charles Iliya Krempeaux, B.Sc.
charles @ reptile.ca
supercanadian @ gmail.com
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