Forms of Markup: (6) HTML used as confusing combination of procedural and descriptive markup

<P> Milton, author of <I> Paradise Lost </I> expresses this idea most clearly later in the tract:</P>

       I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.

<P>Similarly, Wordsworth . . . . </P>

1. Why is the use of italics not descriptive markup?

2. What is the markup required to make it descriptive?

3. How can italics and similar tags cause problems?

4. What other procedure markup has been used on this page? Why does it cause problems?

Compare descriptive markup to text with

Markup can provide the basis for the electronic or hypertext document.

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Last modified 1 February 2005