generic identifier

generic identifier

(language, text)
A string constituting the name of a element in an SGML document.
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Trademarks are proper adjectives, never nouns, and at least once in every context in which they appear trademarks should be followed by, and modify, the generic names of the goods and services they identify To determine in any context whether a trademark is being used correctly as a proper adjective, apply the "brand role": trademark + "brand" + generic identifier. The word "brand" must be insertable into any context in which the trademark appears without destroying the contextual meaning.
A classic example of the "brand role" in practice can be found on any box of KLEENEX[R] facial tissues, where you will find clearly printed on the box, "KLEENEX[R] brand facial tissues." KLEENEX[R] is the trademark, the word "brand" fits sensibly into the context and the trademark is followed by and modifies the generic identifier of the goods, "facial tissues."
Each tag associates a "generic identifier" (6)-- the name of the kind of thing being tagged (e.g., "subsection")--with the data surrounded by a start tag and end tag of the same generic identifier.
A formatting application for a generically tagged document can be driven by a "style sheet"--a table that associates a set of formatting instructions with each generic identifier. In the case of print documents, title, for example, may be associated with "boldface, 14-point, centered text" and paragraph with "Roman, 10-point, ragged right." If a document is tagged generically, it is generally unnecessary for anyone to edit it in order to reformat it according to a different style.
The syntax is expressed as a set of elements, each with its own generic identifier ("tag"), an optional set of attributes and attribute data types, and a "content model"--a BNF-like production stating what sort of data (or other elements, recursively) can be placed inside each element.

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