[whatwg] The m element

Leons Petrazickis leons.petrazickis at gmail.com
Tue Feb 6 13:12:16 PST 2007

On 2/6/07, Alexey Feldgendler <alexey at feldgendler.ru> wrote:
> On Tue, 06 Feb 2007 09:13:27 +0100, Mikko Rantalainen <mikko.rantalainen at peda.net>
> wrote:
> > 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.
> IMO, the key difference between <m> and <em> is that <m> is intended to be
> placed by somebody or something other than the author of the original text.

This distinction may be too fine for people to follow. It's
reminiscent of the rev VS rel distinction, which few people grasped.

Leons Petrazickis
Database Technology Advocate, IBM

I work on the free DB2 Express-C database

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