From: Philippe Verdy (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Nov 03 2005 - 12:24:41 CST
From: "fantasai" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Philippe Verdy wrote:
>> <sup><span style="display:none">^</span> ... There's a tradeoff to find
>> between ease of composition, good rendering for readers, and reuse of the
>> document for something else (including conversions of formats).
> And I would agree with Jukka Korpela and Jon Hanna that abusing
> markup like that is not the optimal way to manage that balancing
> act. <sup> by itself is obviously easier to compose; it renders
> well for more browsing conditions; and, given an intelligent
> converter, it converts to other formats much more robustly. Note
> that "other formats" includes MS Word, RTF, DocBook, and other
> formats besides plain text.
If those "other formats" are smart enough to handle correctly "<sup>"
present in HTML sources, then they should be able to handle correctly the
text hidden by display styles:
* MS Word and RTF for example can represent hidden text correctly and treat
it as such, without even needing to filter it completely
* DocBook can also apply its own XML markup to keep the "hidden" text in XML
sub-elements (remember that DocBook is not a visual format, but specifies
the logical structure of a document along with its annotations and
meta-data), so that it could be regenerated when the DocBook document is
transformed to HTML.
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