Re: ACTION re: HTML 3: Too many tags!

Brian Behlendorf (
Wed, 26 Jul 95 16:14:11 EDT

On Wed, 26 Jul 1995, Ian Graham wrote:
> As for the semantic elements:
> INS and DEL have important meanings in a legal and other contexts. One can
> easily imagine a legal browser that could toggle between inserted and deleted
> text to give a view a quick view of revisions. If they have such a well
> understood meaning to a large community, why bury them as an attribe value
> to some grab-bag element?

In my opinion, annotations should be external to the document, not inside
it. Annotations need a lot more flexibility than a few tags could
provide - who is doing the INSerting and DELeting? Why? What about more
than one annotation, where the second relies upon the first?

Leave annotations to be a separate document, like a "context diff", which
is applied to a document rather than rendered with it. Just my thought,
if we're looking for places to apply occam's razor.


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