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Re: <font color="blue"> (was ISSUE-32)

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 16:16:01 -0700
Message-ID: <63df84f0906121616o3d6c6d99q6b9d60c775c2eddf@mail.gmail.com>
To: Rob Sayre <rsayre@mozilla.com>
Cc: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, public-html@w3.org
On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 3:00 PM, Rob Sayre<rsayre@mozilla.com> wrote:
> On 6/12/09 5:44 PM, Jonas Sicking wrote
>
> Well, the question didn't seem to be as much "what good would it be to
> abolish <font> from the web". That question seems easy to answer.
>
> If the answer is "it wouldn't be good", then I agree. What is your answer?

In an ideal world, where we actually could abolish <font> from the
web, having people use <span class="..."> would mean that we could
reduce the size of the language (not a huge benefit, but something),
it'd also reduce the size of pages if people used CSS applied to
paragraphs, rather than putting a <font> inside every paragraph.

Also, keeping stylistic elements in the language is a slippery slope.
It's much better that we encourage people to use CSS than to try to
duplicate CSS using tags and attributes. HTML would simply be a mess
otherwise.

> I interpreted the question as "why do we discuss what's conformant and
> non-conformant if a lot of people are not going care about the
> difference". My answer to that is "because some are going to care". If
> that's not a good enough answer then I'd like to hear proposals for
> what to do instead.
>
> That's a bad answer. People don't care about invalid markup if it works.
> http://www.google.com would seem to be example number 1.

So what do you propose we do? Not specifically regarding font, but
regarding conformance requirements in general?

/ Jonas
Received on Friday, 12 June 2009 23:16:57 GMT

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