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Re: Proposed amends to <small> element

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 02:05:56 +0000
Message-ID: <49938404.5050903@splintered.co.uk>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
CC: Bruce Lawson <brucel@opera.com>, Ben Millard <cerbera@projectcerbera.com>, Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Ian Hickson wrote:

> I looked up "caveats" on anseers.com and the first definition was:
> # Warnings, often written to a potential buyer, to be careful; often 
> # offered as a way for the seller or broker to minimize liability for what 
> # otherwise might be a deceptive trade practice.

The first definition here is from the "business dictionary" part further 
down (are you being selective in your quoting?). The common definition 


# 1
# a. A warning or caution: “A final caveat: Most experts feel that
# clients get unsatisfactory results when they don't specify clearly
# what they want” (Savvy).
# b. A qualification or explanation.

# 2. Law. A formal notice filed by an interested party with a court or
# officer, requesting the postponement of a proceeding until the filer
# is heard.

> ...which seems far more loaded that "disadvantages". In general though I 
> think it's pretty safe to say that the small print is disadvantages; after 
> all, most people would not hide the advantages in the small print.

Sorry, but that's a gross generalisation, unless are you basing this on 
quantitative research you carried out on the content of small print used 
around the world?

Caveat: this metal fork should not be inserted into an electrical 
socket...is that a disadvantage?

A classic small print "this does not affect your statutory rights"...is 
that a disadvantage? Did you want your statutory rights to be affected?

Patrick H. Lauke
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