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[Bug 11254] Say outright that <b>, <i>, <s>, <sup>, <sub>, <br>, and maybe others are typographical and not semantic

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Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi> changed:

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--- Comment #1 from Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi> 2010-11-08 14:52:00 UTC ---
>From f2f minutes:
> kennyluck: I found the interpretation of <i> as a semantic element hard to 
> understand. The table says the <i> element is for alternative voice, but the 
> text says...
> ... I don't think technical terms fit into this category; do you alternate 
> your voice when you read a ??? name.
>
> hsivonen: The reason it's complicated is that it tries to provide a semantic 
> fig leaf to justify keeping <i>.
http://www.w3.org/2010/11/04-html-wg-minutes.html#item19

I agree that the spec should say that <b>, <i>, <u>, <s>, <sup>, <sub>, <br>
mean certain typographic effects in the visual media.

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