[whatwg] Semantic use of the <font> element
ian at hixie.ch
Tue Oct 30 14:23:30 PDT 2007
On Thu, 12 Apr 2007, Nicholas Shanks wrote:
> I have a website which discusses typography, web design, and computer
> fonts. It recently occurred to me that my use of spans with style
> elements was not really the most semantic method of getting across my
> meaning, and I would be better using the font element.
> My content goes something like this:
> <span style="font-family:Helvetica">This is a sample of Helvetica</span><br>
> <span style="font-family:Arial">This is a sample of Arial</span>
> Which loses its visual meaning if the CSS is stripped, overridden, or
> not understood, and further more I cannot supply fallback fonts (since
> that would create a misleading visual appearance) and so here contradict
> the CSS guidelines for the font-family property. Would it not be more
> correct to use:
> <font face="Helvetica">This is a sample of Helvetica</font><br>
> <font face="Arial">This is a sample of Arial</font>
> In this instance I am saying to the browser that the font is the
> critical part of that run of text, and the fact that <font> doesn't
> support fall-back works in my favour here, as well as the usage being
> fully compatible with graphical UAs.
I would argue that HTML is the wrong language for what you're trying to
do. What you're conveying is intrinsically visual (media-specific) and you
should use a media-specific format, like PDF.
Indeed, this point was then put forward by a number of people:
On Thu, 12 Apr 2007, Brady J. Frey wrote:
On Thu, 12 Apr 2007, David Walbert wrote:
On Thu, 12 Apr 2007, gary turner wrote:
On Thu, 12 Apr 2007, Bill Mason wrote:
On Thu, 12 Apr 2007, Dave Singer wrote:
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