[whatwg] Authoring tools and presentational markup

Henri Sivonen hsivonen at iki.fi
Mon May 8 08:24:52 PDT 2006

On May 7, 2006, at 16:09, Simon Pieters wrote:

> I've been thinking about authoring tools and presentational markup.  
> Forget my earlier suggesetion to reuse <b> instead of <m>. :-)

I suggest <u> is reused instead of <m>.

> Therefore I think that <b> and <i> should represent bold and  
> italics, and authoring tools should use these elements when the UI  
> says bold and italics.


> Also, since HTML cannot have semantic elements for *all* purposes,  
> I think <b> and <i> should be conforming to use whenever there's no  
> other suitable element type for the purpose and bold or italics is  
> the typographical convension for the purpose.

I'd go even further and say that using <i> and <b> is always  
conforming for marking up text that follows a typographical  
convention of italicizing or bolding.

> [1] http://accessifyforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=5096

Not the first time a tool confuses UI and markup. :-/

Henri Sivonen
hsivonen at iki.fi

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