[uf-discuss] Fwd: [whatwg] Predefined classes are gone

Chris Messina chris.messina at gmail.com
Fri May 18 05:35:50 PDT 2007

Whohoo! This is great news.

This was one of most ill-conceived ideas I can imagine. Leaving class
values unfettered by the HTML spec is hugely important.

I imagine that the original concept is something of a hat tip to
microformats -- but avoids the process that we use as well as
circumvents the peer review of this community. It also seems dictated
by fiat as opposed to open discussion (but that's a minor point).

Anyway, I have it in mind to recreate some of the cooler HTML5 and
XHTML2 features with existing markup/techniques, so we'll see how far
we can get with the tech we already got.


On 5/16/07, Charles Iliya Krempeaux <supercanadian at gmail.com> wrote:
> Just an FYI,
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch>
> Date: May 16, 2007 9:42 PM
> Subject: [whatwg] Predefined classes are gone
> To: whatwg at whatwg.org
> In response to overwhelming feedback on this issue (especially in blogs,
> forums, and mailing lists other than this one, like www-html and
> public-html) I've removed the predefined classes. They're opaque again.
> The main use cases for predefined classes can mostly be dealt with using
> some of the new elements. class=note and class=example, for instance, can
> instead use <aside> elements, class=copyright can use <small>, etc.
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