[whatwg] sarcasm

Dan Brickley danbri at danbri.org
Tue Apr 24 13:17:48 PDT 2007

Elliotte Harold wrote:
> It occurs to me that one of the most frequently used nits of 
> pseudo-markup is to indicate sarcasm. For example,
> <sarcasm>Yeah, George W. Bush has been such a great president.</sarcasm>
> Should we perhaps formalize this? Is there any benefit to be achieved by 
> adding an explicit sarcasm element to HTML?

Seems rather culturally specific. I found from living in Boston for a 
while, that a British sense of humour often seems harsher and more 
sarcastic to our gentle US cousins. So I wouldn't burn this into an 
element name.

Some way of citing externally maintained lists might be nice, eg.
see work of http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/emotion/charter

""The mission of the Emotion Incubator Group, part of the Incubator 
Activity, is to investigate the prospects of defining a general-purpose 
Emotion annotation and representation language, which should be usable 
in a large variety of technological contexts where emotions need to be 



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