title attribute and abbreviated classnames(Was:[uf-discuss]Currency Quickpoll: Preliminary results)

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Wed Oct 18 17:16:53 PDT 2006

On Oct 18, 2006, at 6:54 PM, Stephen Paul Weber wrote:

>> >> I'd propose this as an alternative:
>> >> <abbr class="currency" title="USD">$</abbr>5.99
> What happened to:
> <span class="money"><abbr class="currency" title="USD">$</abbr><span
> class="amount">5.99</span></span>

I continue to prefer that, but I think Mike is pushing for less  
verbose markup, and I'm trying to explore how less verbose markup  
could communicate the same information with minimal assumptions.  The  
assumptions here are:

1) any numbers, decimals, and commas adjacent to a tag with  
class="currency" have an implied surrounding tag with class="amount"
2) any adjacent currency and amount have an implied surrounding tag  
with class="money"

Following those two assumptions, we end up at the markup you  
supplied, without actually typing all that.

> Does that solve the whole problem and give us an extra usefulness at
> the same time

I think the relevant questions here are: 1) what exactly is that  
extra usefulness? and 2) is it worth the cost of more verbose markup?

I have a vague suspicion the answer to the latter is "yes," but I  
haven't yet been able to clarify the answer to the former myself just  
yet, and Mike makes persuasive arguments for minimizing the markup.   
I'd be interested in others' thoughts on this.


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