Re: Re[2]: Left justify and italics?

Subject: Re: Re[2]: Left justify and italics?
From: Sabahat Iqbal Ashraf <ashrafs -at- RPI -dot- EDU>
Date: Wed, 22 May 1996 20:36:52 -0400

> JF: If we begin to think in terms of content rather than format
> (SGML/HTML), the font decisions become less cumbersome. A string
> tagged "variable" or "foreign" or "emphasis" lends itself to
> translation and conversion more readily than a string tagged "bold" or
> "italic" or "font-specific."

Whole-heartedly agree with a lot of what both of you have been saying and so
on; but one li'il problem with the above. Okay, tagging with heuristic [is
that the word I am looking for?] tag names is better for translatability, but
tagging with "bold", etc. keeps control on the final look and feel in your
hand across platforms. A font that looks like a heading, for example, in one
font [or one platform, or browser] looks wimpish or invisible on another. I
particularly have in mind the "emphasis" tag in HTML that should stand out
but comes out a pretty faint italic in my flavour of Netscape -- but not on
the Mac for example.

I am not saying what you say is the wrong rule of thumb to live by, but just
"whaddaya do about this?"


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