Re: Sentence MarkUp

Paul Prescod (
Thu, 27 Jul 1995 17:39:09 -0400

At 11:22 AM 7/27/95 PDT, Joe English wrote:
> (Paul Prescod) wrote:
>> I think that it would be premature to standardize CLASSes until we see what
>> people want to do with them.
>> But Benjamin's concern is valid and common. Others are expressing it in
>> various HTML forums. They want their CLASSed text to be visually
>> differentiated ASAP. New browsers are coming out every month, but they are
>> no closer to differentiating between CLASSes of text, because they are
>> waiting for style sheets.
>Which is precisely the right thing to do, IMO.
>I believe that CLASSes should *never* be standardized
>in the sense that you describe, i.e., such that a browser
>would give elements special treatment based on CLASS
>attribute values without an explicit instruction from
>the author.

When I said "differentiated" I meant just differentiated, not standardized.
A browser could, for example, allow users (not necessarily authors) to
change the display of certain element subclasses. This is obviously not as
good as style sheets, however.

Paul Prescod

Paul Prescod (