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Thu Feb 8 11:09:24 PST 2007
So there have been a number of complaints that the only way to de-
emphasize something is via <small>. I am one such complaining voice.
There have been several suggested solutions proposed too. I would
like to give my opinions on a few of those:
<em level="-1"> or similar attribute
My concern here is whether this is supposed to be an absolute or
relative value. Would <em level="3"><em level="-1">this</em></em>
result in an emphasis level of 2 (relative) or −1 (absolute). What
would level="+3" mean?
<de-em>, <de-emph>, <subdue> or other new element
I think a new element would be better, but the English language seems
to lack an antonym for "emphasis".
Short of proposing a new word (“antiphasis" ?) and deriving an
element from that I'm not sure there's anything that would be suitable.
Antiphasizing: the act of coughing over or mumbling something you say
when you don't want others to hear it. ;-)
Repurposing an existing element
I don't think there's anything that would be suitable. Using <small>
would give the wrong impression to HTML authors.
Does anyone else have better ideas?
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