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[Bug 12154] b and strong are font-weight: bolder in implementations, not font-weight: bold

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Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2012 06:22:42 +0000
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--- Comment #19 from Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu> 2012-02-01 06:22:36 UTC ---
What implementors will do when faced with the spec saying something is probably
switch to follow the spec, even if it's somewhat bad for the web, because it's
just not a battle worth fighting, esp. because authors misusing bold styles
will simply point to the spec as saying that what they're doing is reasonable,
and because the badness for the web is just not that great.

If that's the desired outcome, then just say so and wontfix the bug, but please
don't pretend that you're seriously waiting on implementor feedback while the
spec remains in its current state.  I mean... you specced something that didn't
match any implementations, now some implementations have used that as
justification to change behavior, and the next step is a slippery slope with
broken content authored to those implementations.  Might as well just stop
pretending like there will be any other outcome and move along.

(Now if you removed any mention of this style from the spec altogether, _then_
you could maybe make the case that you were waiting on implementations to
decide which of the two options is better.  But as it is, you have a
preconceived notion, and the spec is continuing to push it.  You may not treat
the spec as final, but lots of people do.)

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