[whatwg] Element name expressiveness
mikes at opera.com
Tue Oct 31 23:56:05 PST 2006
Michel Fortin <michel.fortin at michelf.com>, 2006-10-31 09:43 -0500:
> I find the proposed <x> and <t> elements to lack expressiveness in
> their names. I understand that making them shorter is desirable, but
> it also has a drawback: they're harder to understand simply by
> looking at the source and their meaning can more easily be
> misunderstood. Not everybody read the spec and those that don't are
> more prone to use them inappropriately.
> Personally, I'd favor <term> and <time> instead, or anything else
> that conveys a meaning.
If the design criteria were to try to keep names of new elements
reasonably short while still having unobscure meanings, then
<time> and <term> would seem to meet that criteria, and <m> would
better be <mark>. But I'm not sure what the criteria are. I mean,
what's the rationale behind having <meter> and <progress> while
reducing the name of the date/time element to <t>?
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