[whatwg] Deprecating <small>, <b> ?

Lachlan Hunt lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au
Mon Nov 24 08:36:53 PST 2008

Nils Dagsson Moskopp wrote:
>> The small element represents small print [...]
>> The b element represents a span of text to be stylistically offset from
> the normal prose without conveying any extra importance [...]
> Both definitions seems rather presentational (contrasting, for example,
> the new semantic definition for the <i> element) and could also be
> realized by use of <span> elements.
> To me these look like the last remnants of the <font> element. So why
> are these elements retained ?

This issue has been discussed in depth in the past; most significantly 
on public-html around May 2007.

(I think most of the releant discussion is in the "Cleaning House" thread)

I have added an entry to the FAQ detailing the rationale for including 
these elements, and have previously written an article about the issue too.


Lachlan Hunt - Opera Software

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