[Standards] IMML

Alex Jones alex at weej.com
Wed Aug 8 12:28:53 UTC 2007


On Wed, 2007-08-08 at 13:21 +0100, Ian Paterson wrote:
> Alex Jones wrote:
> > This isn't about formatting, this is about getting rid of the guesswork.
> > Similar problems arise in parsing out icons in the presence of things
> > like regular expressions. Or maybe even regular chat:
> >
> > Count the screws (there should be 8)
> >
> > Incorrectly gets parsed out as
> >
> > Count the screws (there should be SMILEYFACECOOL
> >   
> 
> I agree that we need to address this - since it is a relatively common 
> frustration for users.
> 
> Mridul Muralidharan wrote:
> > If we just add another tag to explicitly mark emoticons - and remove 
> > the implicit rendering completely - then Alex's baseline requirements 
> > should be done with IM-XHTML itself ?
> 
> Yes. This would be backward compatible too since, IIRC, XHTML parsers 
> should ignore tags they don't understand (and the tag would be qualified 
> by a namespace other than 'http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml' anyway).
> 
> - Ian
> 

I feel it shouldn't be a part of XHTML-IM though. I think there is a
need to use icons that is independent of the need to use even the most
minimal, valid support of XHTML-IM.




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