[whatwg] De-emphasis

David Latapie david at empyree.org
Thu Feb 8 13:51:03 PST 2007

On Thu, 08 Feb 2007 21:05:38 +0100, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
>> Please elaborate on this. On www-html, you asked me to cover nesting,
>> which I did (or thought I did) by introducing additions. I guess I
>> misunderstood what you meant by nesting. So, what it is?
> I don't believe in changing the way things have worked for a long 
> time in a drastic way for almost no benefit. It seems silly. It's not 
> backwards compatible, it's not intiutive, it requires way more typing 
> and addresses only a few theoretical use cases.

I addressed the backward-compatibity with <em> and <strong> as shorcut 
for +1 and +2

I agree that the + and minus may be a bad idea; remember I was 
proposing an idea and am completely open to another way to handle this. 

The +/- point at a problem with incremental values: bolder, smaller, 
larger and so on. So this is not a new concern, this is a pretty old 
one. It just happens that is usually is about presentation, but here we 
have a case where it is about structure too.

As for not being intuitive... Well addition seems pretty intuitive to 
me, and "plus" (+)/"minus" (-) for "more"/"less" (important/not 
important) too

Finally, this is not theoretical, except if we consider thousands of 
sidenotes as marginal

You are right about typing, this is long. but anything with a property 
will be (<table summary=""> is, <blockquote cite=""> is too, let alone 
<span xml:lang="">)

Oops did I look aggressive, there? You tell me  <== this could be a 
small-size remark at the end of a blog post (<emph value="-1">)
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