[standards-jig] JEP0038 (the emoticon spec) Some suggestions
Sebastiaan 'CBAS' Deckers
cbas at screaming3d.com
Wed Sep 25 00:24:54 UTC 2002
Mattias Campe wrote:
> - I've used <text xml:lang="en" alt="cat"> instead of just
> <text lang="en" alt="cat"> because xml:lang seems to be a standard
> within xml. This xml:lang is constrained of using a two-letter
> ISO 639 language code or a two-letter ISO 639 language followed by a
> three-letter ISO 3166 country code or ... (If people would like this
> idea I'll add a clear explanation on the Wiki site of Theo)
What advantage does this offer compared to the lang attribute we have
been using the last three months? It seems like the "right" thing to
do, but I can't think of a more practical reason. Is there a conflict
between the lang attribute and something else?
> - <object> is a html tag which can be used for multimedia purposes and
> could be used to replace <img>. Because this <object> is more
> straightforwarded, I would like to use it in this JEP as well.
I think the <graphic/>, <sound/> and <format/> tags were perfectly clear
in the way they represent the options a client has. This <object/> tag
and the format attribute will IMO add ambiguity. This <object/> tag
could be confused with the tag defined in HTML (which is in no way similar).
> - the other suggestions can be found at the end of
Amongst the changes you propose are categories. This seems like a nice
idea, allthough I can't imagine people would need *that many* emoticons.
It's an implementation choice I guess.
Another thing is the <head/> tag. What is the reason for this? It
doesn't seem to have any functionality.
In the example you've added an <url/> tag. What is this supposed to
hold? (The address of the JEP?)
Why is the name of the author now in a name attribute instead of as the
Please not that the <text/> tags in your example all have the xml:lang
attribute set. This leads to problems. There _must_ be atleast one
default string. Adam Theo just didn't find a way to specify this in the
What is the point of a language x-ascii? I don't think it's wise to
replace one text string with another. Seems like a nop to me.
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