[uf-discuss] Need a figure markup

Kevin Lawver kevin at lawver.net
Fri Oct 28 17:48:35 PDT 2005

Sounds like a good idea, but larger and more diverse than a lot of 
what's come before.

There are already semantic elements for citations, are we talking about 
adding even more meaning to them, and if so, what new meaning needs to 
be added?

I think "alignright", "aligncenter" and "alignleft" aren't semantic, but 
they're unfortunately a neccessary evil.  I think they can live in 
"harmony" with more semantic classes like "snapshot", "diagram" or others.


Chris Messina wrote:
> Over coffee this morning, Ryan, Tantek and I discussed the need for
> generalized markup for figures like photos, tabular data, graphs and
> so on in blog posts.
> In particular, the way that images are typically rendered in a blog
> post by default leaves something to be desired (floating right with
> some margin helps tremendously but requires that styling to be applied
> inline or via theme/stylesheet).
> The WordPress theme Kubrick uses the classes "alignright",
> "aligncenter" and "alignleft" to handle these things, but those
> classes are hardly semantic or generalizable. What we need is a way to
> encapsulate any kind of figure and then use other microformats like
> hCard for citations or credit, Fotonotes and so on.
> Anyway, I thought I would throw this out there and see what the CW is.
> hFigure might be something to think about...
> Other ideas/comments/proposals?
> Chris
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