30 January 2007
Imagine the markup
I spotted a T-shirt at school bearing this inscription, but I don't think it quite means what some people assume it means.
I take it that it's supposed to mean "end hate." But when you use a tag like </i>, you don't mean "end italics" in the sense "abandon italics forever." You mean "I've been using italics for a bit, I'm stopping for a while now, but I'll get back to using it later."
Substitute "hate" for "i," and you'll get my drift. I bet the guy has a <hate> T-shirt in his closet that he was wearing three days before; he's hated all the stuff between then and the </hate> shirt; and he'll be wearing the <hate> shirt next time he's got some hating to do. Plus he certainly wouldn't just wear the </hate> shirt without having worn <hate> before, and on the same page that would be syntactically non-compliant.
Not that compliance, with syntax or with anything that smacks of "rules," is valued highly among T-shirt sloganeers.
Anyway, </i> is deprecated these days: the purveyors of Official Standards prefer </em>. So at some point they really do expect us to "abandon italics forever." And if that shirt doesn't validate, well, neither do I.
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» End Hate (For Now) from Hit Coffee
Eugene Volokh noticed a shirt that says </hate>, which presumably means "end hate". Eugene points out that what it's really saying is "end hate for now" and will probably resume later......[read more]