[whatwg] <BIG> Element

Anne van Kesteren fora at annevankesteren.nl
Sun Jan 15 06:14:20 PST 2006

Quoting "Eugene T.S. Wong" <lists.eugenetswong at gmail.com>:
>> but there is an attempt to redefine the small element with some 
>> semantic  meaning.
> If that is true, then I encourage the WHATWG to use another name, 
> such as  <FINEPRINT>ASDF</FINEPRINT>. It is a lot longer, but it does 
> convey more  semantics.

It does not. The "semantics" of an element are bound to the definition of it,
not to the name.

> In the above scenario, there are semantics, but there are no semantic 
>  elements to convey shouting. The elements are modifiable by CSS. I 
> suppose  that we could nest <STRONG> a few times, but I don't 
> recognize strong  emphasis as the same thing as shouting.

I think nested <em> elements are in order here. You don't really need 
<big> for
that. <big> does not represent "shouting" in any definition I've seen so far
and <em> comes pretty close as generic element.

> Also, it might be helpful to use <BIG> for math problems, without 
> having  to resort to MathML.

<big> can't possibly be defined to mean two different things while staying in
the same namespace. Well, I suppose it could be based on the context it is
placed in, but I think that would get confusing. Also, there is MathML.

Anne van Kesteren

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