[whatwg] The m element

Jonathan Worent jworent at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 8 11:02:01 PST 2007

--- Martin Atkins <mart at degeneration.co.uk> wrote:

> Geoffrey Sneddon wrote:
> > 
> > On 8 Feb 2007, at 15:23, Leons Petrazickis wrote:
> > 
> >> 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.
> > 
> > In my eyes such an element is presentational – a more generic element, 
> > but one with semantic meaning, like <m> is far more relevant (although 
> > it may well be a good idea to suggest it be rendered as highlighted).
> > 
> The *meaning* is that the content is highlighted.
> The concept of "highlighting" something is not presentational.

No the *meaning" is that the content is important.

> When I'm giving a speech, I can "highlight" a certain fact that my 
> listeners might not have been aware of. (e.g. by saying "Allow me to 
> highlight the fact that...")
> "highlight" just means "draw attention to", which is exactly what 
> Google's cache highlighting is trying to do, and what a student 
> highlighting passages in a book is trying to do. The highlighting has no 
> effect on the content, it's just a navigation aid.

By drawing attention to something you indicating that it is important.

> While the presentation in graphical browsers would likely resemble that 
> of paper — that is, a yellow background — an aural browser wouldn't draw 
> attention to the mark as it is being read. It would hopefully instead 
> allow a user to quickly skip between passages containing highlighted 
> text much as sighted people do with their eyes as they scan over a page 
> with highlighted text.

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