Joshua Street wrote:
It IS meaningless for all intents and purposes. Consider a plain text
document: humans make a distinction between types of content,
computers do not... hence markup. Admittedly, we also use markup to
provide communication cues... but that's ancillary to the core of it.
Unpopular though this idea may be, web standards (recommendations,
whatever) are actually about ensuring that User Agents can do
something meaningful with what they're handed. It's the User Agent's
job to communicate that to the actual user... so we're catering for
machines, not humans.

That's almost right, except that in the end, we *are* catering for humans. We just need to do so in a way that allows machines to effectively pass on our messages to the user; and that is what requires well-defined, computer-readable semantics.

Lachlan Hunt

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