Megginson and XMLNews

John Cowan cowan at
Fri Apr 9 20:13:09 BST 1999

Walter Underwood wrote:

> Why is <copyrite> misspelled? <hedline>, too?

These spellings are traditional in the news business, along
with "graf" for "paragraph", "sked" for "schedule", 
"lede" for "lead [paragraph or sentence]", and some

The original purpose of the misspellings was to clearly distinguish
data from metadata: the annotation "hed" marks something as a
headline, whereas the annotation "head" might be read as an
instruction to insert the word "head".  "Hed" is shorter
than "<head/>", after all.  :-)
> <bytag> is an unusual term for "author" or "creator", even for
> a profession that routinely uses "slug".

"Slug" does not mean "bytag"; it means "identifier".
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