[whatwg] Fwd: HTML 5 vs. XHTML 2.0

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Tue Feb 12 08:46:41 PST 2008

to list as well.

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From: David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com>
Date: 12 Feb 2008 16:46
Subject: Re: [whatwg] HTML 5 vs. XHTML 2.0
To: Brian Smith <brian at briansmith.org>

On 12/02/2008, Brian Smith <brian at briansmith.org> wrote:

> However, I don't recommend an <advert> element. A role='advertisement'
> attribute would be better, because then it could be applied to CSS
> files, script files, flash content, images, video, etc.; then a smart
> web browser wouldn't download that stuff at all if the user didn't want
> to see it, or it could prioritize the downloading/display of other
> content higher than that of advertisements.

The whole point of advertisement is to get in the viewer's face.
Adblock vs advertisers is an arms race. There is precisely no point to
having something in the HTML5 spec to tag "content the viewer doesn't
want to see but the creator does."

- d.

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