[whatwg] The m element

David Walbert dwalbert at learnnc.org
Thu Feb 8 05:50:06 PST 2007

On Feb 8, 2007, at 8:14 AM, David Latapie wrote:

> On Thu, 8 Feb 2007 07:59:44 -0500, David Walbert wrote:
>> I would be less concerned that it's a single letter than that "m" and
>> "em" are pronounced identically
> On the top of my head...


Fine -- you have me here on details -- but they are still similar in  
the languages you noted; they are only one letter apart; and given  
that the tag "em" is short for the English word "emphasis" (and  
despite any phonetic wrangling you might provide is pronounced just  
like the letter m by every English speaker with whom I work) I still  
say this is a problem. Elements so similar in meaning should have  
unmistakably different tags to avoid confusion. Confusion on <em> is  
bad enough already.

David Walbert
LEARN NC, UNC-Chapel Hill
dwalbert at learnnc.org

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