[whatwg] The m element

Nicholas Shanks contact at nickshanks.com
Thu Feb 8 10:21:08 PST 2007

On 8 Feb 2007, at 18:00, David Latapie wrote:

> Problem with <mark>/<m> is that its meaning is confusing.

I don't think it's any more confusing than <hi> would be. See below...

> And still don't see any difference with <em> or <strong>. How would  
> you
> pronounce an important word? How would you pronounce a highlighted
> word? Even on the semantic level I can't see the point.

Try to compare it with <ins> and <del>, it's an element concerned  
with editing a document post-authorship, not marking up the  
document's inherent structure.

I don't think it would be confusing *provided* it was listed next to  
<ins> and <del> on all those ‘Learn HTML5 in 24 Hours’ sites/books/ 
specifications that people will actually learn about it from. Doing  
this would allow 99% of such people to ignore it like they currently  
ignore <ins> and <del>, and therefore won't confuse anyone.

- Nicholas.
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