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RE: Is "markup" a noun or a verb? Do you "markup data" or "wr

Maybe I'm showing my age, but I think that "markup" is a noun that 
specifies additional "stuff" associated with text (or other source 
material) to indicate how it is to be handled (e.g., formatted, 
processed, analyzed), while "to mark up" is the verb that identifies 
the process of adding markup to text (et al).

Using my definitions, Roger's item 1 would be my preferred 
terminology, while 6 and 7 are distant seconds.  While 2, 4, and 
maybe even 3 are more or less accurate, they are very specific to 
this (XML/HTML) specific kind of markup.  And 5 just sounds wrong to 
my ears, but it's arguably no worse than 2, 3, and 4.

Just one opinion,
    Jim

At 9/12/2008 11:03 AM, Len Bullard wrote:
>Originally, I think it was a verb but it predates our digital technologies.
>It was the practice of those preparing a manuscript for a typesetter, AFAIK.
>
>Now it is both.
>
>len
>
>
>From: Costello, Roger L. [mailto:[email protected]]
>
>Hi Folks,
>
>Consider this data:
>
>     Nikon D40
>
>Here I did "something" to the data:
>
>     <camera>Nikon D40</camera>
>
>
>Which is preferred way of expressing what I did to the data:
>
>1. I marked up the data.
>
>2. I wrapped the data in a tag.
>
>3. I wrapped the data in tags.
>
>4. I wrapped the data in a start-tag/end-tag pair.
>
>5. I wrapped the data in markup.
>
>6. I embedded the data in markup.
>
>7. I enclosed the data in markup.
>
>Or some other way?
>
>
>I suspect that several of the above expressions are acceptable; which
>ones?
>
>Are some of the above expressions just plain wrong, i.e. incorrect
>English grammar?
>
>
>/Roger
>
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