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Subject: Michael Priestly and an unspoken assumption


It occurred to me while eating supper that perhaps Michael Priestly and 
I are disagreeing over an unspoken assumption. Perhaps not but here goes...

Must a user who is using *descriptive* markup, see the *descriptive* markup?

My answer would be no. And as evidence I would cite the experience with 
ODF, the reports we have seen about DITA on this list and other examples 
of interfaces that don't display descriptive markup to users and yet the 
users are clearly using (in my sense of the term) *descriptive* markup.

Question: Is that an unspoken assumption that is dividing us?

Just curious. It isn't something that occurred to me to ask earlier.

Hope everyone is having a great day!


Patrick Durusau
Chair, V1 - US TAG to JTC 1/SC 34
Convener, JTC 1/SC 34/WG 3 (Topic Maps)
Editor, OpenDocument Format TC (OASIS), Project Editor ISO/IEC 26300
Co-Editor, ISO/IEC 13250-1, 13250-5 (Topic Maps)

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