Re: draft-ietf-html-table...

Gavin Nicol (
Thu, 3 Aug 95 23:51:43 EDT

>Yes, if blink is useful, as many people think it is, then it should be
>supported somehow. Who are we to say that blinking text is completely
>evil and should never be allowed? Others feel the same way about
>images as blink, should they be allowed to outlaw images?

It's not the functionality, it's the implementation. Adding a <BLINK>
element was *not* the way to do it. Even a BLINK attibute on the <EM>
tag would have been better...

>Because it is in wide use it should be seriously considered for it's
>merit. While considering it's merit you should try to understand the
>point of view and intensions of the people using it. It is definatly
>a style attribute, but does it belong in HTML or in a style sheet.
>Opinions vary...

They vary upon whether you think your *information* is valuable, and
long-lived, or whether it's just a throw away. Divorcing structure
from presentation gives you the best of both worlds, at the cost of
some complexity.

Ask yourself this question next time: would I give a database a field
with this name, and semantics? In the answer is negative, do *not* add
it to your list of extended tags. Another easy way is to see if the
word is a noun.