Re: STRIKE tag is proposed, what about INSERT?

"Steven D. Majewski" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 94 13:34:08 EDT
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Subject: Re: STRIKE tag is proposed, what about INSERT?
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On Thu, 22 Sep 1994, Glenn Randers-Pehrson ARL-WTD-TED-TIB wrote:

> In message <>,
> Peter Flynn <> wrote:
> > and the question was, how many lawyers use HTML?
> >
> >It seems to me to make sense, but is it _needed_ ?
> >
> 	I am not a lawyer but a programmer, and I want the feature for
> displaying modifications to code listings.  If the < insert > tag
> were available as well as the < strike > tag,  browsers could be made able
> to display the old version, the new version, or a combined version "marked up"
> to highlight the changes.

Personally, I think <NEW> or <CHANGEBAR> or <INSERT> is more useful 
that <STRIKE>. I'ld like both, but if I had to pick only one, then
a way of indicating new material is more necessary.  There is an
alternative way of "deleteing" material. Remove it into another 
document with a link at the site of the deletion. There's no other
good substitute for <NEW>. 

> 	I can imagine software that would compare two files and create an
> HTML document containing the appropriate STRIKE or INSERT (or whatever they
> might be called) tags.

I can just picture all of the HTML, URI, and other internet draft 
revisions in this view, already! 

> 	I'd want the browser to be able to do this under user control.
> For example, X-MOSAIC could have some X-resources and menu items controlling
> the display modes.

It's always nice to be able to control these things, but you have to 
make room for minimal (and fixed) presentations too. 

I'ld *like* to see italics and changebars for new material, and 
dark-grey background (more readable than an actual cross-thru)
for <STRIKE>, but a simple text only ">" (insert) or "<" (remove)
in the margin ought to be a possible presentation.  

- Steve Majewski       (804-982-0831)      <sdm7g@Virginia.EDU>
- UVA Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics