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[Bug 6774] <mark> element: restrict insertion by other servers

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Kia Kroas <kiafaldorius@gmail.com> changed:

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--- Comment #7 from Kia Kroas <kiafaldorius@gmail.com>  2009-06-19 13:44:51 ---
I believe I see the source of the confusion.

Take this example: I am a blogger and read something on example.com. I like it
and would like to comment on it, but the original document is 500 pages long.
Therefore, I can only take a snippet of it.

Without the full 500 pages of the original context, the readers of my blog do
not know the main points of the document. My abstract/summary of the document
would have to emphasize (what I believe are) the main points the author wanted
to reach out. Currently, such emphasis is created through the various font
styling elements such as <b>, <i>, <strong>, <em>, <span> ... etc or
combinations of them. 

To be clear, the emphasis would only be on my blog. There is no way the <mark>
element can be used to tag or vandalize someone else's content through my
server. (HTML is only markup. It's not some magical scripting.)

The purpose of <mark> (to the best of my knowledge) is to add semantic
reference for the browser or whatever parser is analyzing the page. As Lachlan
Hunt points out, emphasis elements are already widely used. And as you noted,
the <span> element already is used for these purposes. Consider <mark> as an
extended, special-usage <span>


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