[whatwg] The m element
mikko.rantalainen at peda.net
Tue Feb 6 00:13:27 PST 2007
Sarven Capadisli wrote:
> re: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#the-m
> Following is a conversation from #whatwg on freenode.
> <csarven> if anyone would like to explain the `m` element further, i'd
> appreciate it. couldn't get much info out of the whatwg Archives
> <zcorpan> you use it to mark text
> <csarven> 'mark' as in making the location of the content more
> significant then the rest?
> <csarven> in those cases the marked text has no extra meaning other
> then how it would be viewed or interpreted. "highlighting does not
> change the reading of the text when you're reading straight through,
> it just helps you find the bits you should pay attention to." -
Perhaps <m> should be considered as a special case of <em>. I would have
to agree that semantic value of <m> over <em> is next to meaningless. I
think that one usable definition between <m> and <em> would be that <m>
is meant for highlighting content for a single user and <em> is meant
for emphasizing stuff in general. That would limit usage of <m> to
dynamically generated content only, though, and reserving such a short
tag for that purpose only doesn't seem reasonable.
I'd rather suggest <em class="mark">, <em class="highlight"> or <em
What's the deal with <em>, <strong> and <m> anyway? Why not just define
that one should use nested <em>s for all the emphasis needed? What
semantical value have <strong> or <m> to offer over nested <em>s? I hope
that the answer is not "bolding" and "yellow background".
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