[whatwg] The m element

James Graham jg307 at cam.ac.uk
Thu Feb 8 07:51:23 PST 2007

Leons Petrazickis wrote:
> They are marking the search terms with a highlighter. In an aural
> browser, would these terms be read differently? Perhaps. Does this
> transfer to mobile browsers? Very definitely.

How would an auraul browser treak these terms differently? I can perhaps imagine 
some sort of generated content e.g. the foo <m>bar</m> would be read "the foo 
`begin mark` bar `end mark`" but it's not entirely convincing.

> In the Western world, the standard for highlighting is a neon yellow
> background. I submit that a much better name for <m> is <hi>
> (<hilite>, <highlite>, <highlight>). People don't necessarily mark
> text much -- if anything, "mark" implies underlining, circling, and
> drawing arrows -- but they do highlight. In university, I often saw
> students perched with their notes and a highlighter, marking important
> sections. The semantic meaning is to draw attention for later review.

Sure. But what useful features could a general purpose UA implement if this 
semantic information is made avaliable to it?

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