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What is semantic markup, and why does it matter?

Posted in Links, Technology, Writing Better Documentation by engtech on June 02, 2006

This is an interesting essay talking about the difference between semantic and non-semantic markup. The gist is that marking up what the data means makes it more valuable, and that the non-semantic visual appearance can be broken apart from the semantic meaning (like CSS and HTML, although that it’s a clear boundary).

He puts together some good reasons and examples (using HTML, LaTeX and Microsoft Word) why this distintion is important.

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