[whatwg] The m element

David Latapie david at empyree.org
Wed Feb 7 22:37:11 PST 2007

> Leons Petrazickis wrote:
> 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.
> <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.


I too can't see the point in this <m> element. Semantic highlighting 
already exists (<em> and <strong>, although I personally would prefer 
<em value="+1">, so that we could get <em value="-1"> too and so I 
would not need to use <small> anymore).

I also agree with Nicholas Shank that  single-letter element shall be 
avoided. We have only 26 possibilities, no more. We'd better be very 
careful on this. Even <a> is of doubtful use if we use the XHTML2 idea 
of anchoring anything.

As for the “need for editing/note”, this is how I use the 
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