Authored by Vince Russell on 29 June 2005 at 04:40PM
Current rating: 3 out of 5 stars!
Filed under: Letters from Vince

Do W3C know what a div tag really means?

DIV tags - Not what I think they are!

Hello there!

Can I start by saying, I'm a big fan or your work! In fact, the <strong> tag has been a big favourite of mine for a while now and has won my "tag of the week" accolade on no more than sixteen occasions!

However, during a recent overhaul of my website (which I formally referred to as my webshite), I made liberal use of the <div> tag. What concerns me is that the term "div" was used many times by me when I was at school as an insult. For me, a div is someone of extremely low intelligence, for example, "I'm not playing football with Dave, he's a right div!"

It got me thinking that in a few years time, what sort of tags will we be using? Will there ever be a <chav> tag that automatically formats the text it applies to a comic sans font with burberry colouring? Will ever be using <mong> and <spaz> to build our pages? Will the footer to our HTML documents ever be wrapped by <knobend> tags?

Am I correct in thinking that new tags go through a process to make sure they are not offensive in all the major languages? Perhaps <div> just slipped through the net. Although, I'm sure you know "span" in Turkish actually means to urinate, as in, "I'm heading down the pub to get spanned up!", or, "I wouldn't span on him if he was on fire!"

Might have made that last bit up though.

Hope all is great, and it's sunny where you are! (It's spanning it down here!)

Keep up the marvellous work!!

Vince

PS Any chance we can invent a <vince> tag?

Authored by Vince Russell on 29 June 2005 at 04:40PM
Current rating: 3 out of 5 stars!
Filed under: Letters from Vince


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