[whatwg] sarcasm

Charles Iliya Krempeaux supercanadian at gmail.com
Tue Apr 24 13:18:23 PDT 2007


On 4/24/07, Elliotte Harold <elharo at metalab.unc.edu> 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?

An interesting proposal.

Some other things to consider is some of the other ways people mark up

Some people mark it with a winking smiley.  As in...




Although, this tends to be when a person is being sarcastic to be funny or
to tease someone.

I don't believe I've ever seen (or used myself) the winking smiley when I'm
being sarcastic AND I'm trying to be mean to the person, to in a heated
argument.  (I.e., using sarcasm to "make a point".)

Also... I've heard that Ethiopian Semitic languages and French actually has
a punctuation mark for sarcasm.

See ya

    Charles Iliya Krempeaux, B.Sc.

    charles @ reptile.ca
    supercanadian @ gmail.com

    developer weblog: http://ChangeLog.ca/
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