[whatwg] The m element

Jonathan Worent jworent at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 7 17:51:49 PST 2007

--- Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au> wrote:

> Leons, you forgot to CC the list.
> Leons Petrazickis wrote:
> > Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> >> <m> is for highlighting text that is of some interest to the reader, but 
> >> it does not alter the meaning of the text itself.
> > 
> > Would you say that <em> is semantic and <m> is presentational, with 
> > the difference from <span>  is in default formatting?  Or is "meaning"
> >  not quite the right word -  is <m> like a highlighter in revision
> > change tracking, meant to be seen and then discarded?
> No, <m> does have semantics.  It marks a specific point of interest, as 
> you might do with a highlighter, it just doesn't alter the meaning of 
> the text itself.

Isn't this what <strong> is for? I.E. signifying the contained text is somehow more important than
the surrounding text but not changing the meaning. 

     | 3.12.5 paragraph 3: "Changing the importance of a 
     | piece of text with the strong element does not change 
     | the meaning of the sentence."

> <m> isn't really needed for revision tracking, we have <ins> and <del> 
> for that.  Though, another use case is that it could be used to mark a 
> section that needs to be reviewed and/or edited later.  That could be 
> particularly useful collaborative editing, like in a wiki.  That's often 
> what I use the highlighter tool for in MS Word.
> -- 
> Lachlan Hunt
> http://lachy.id.au/

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