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[Bug 11518] New: The U element should be reinstated. Although people using Western writing systems view it as merely decoration, in Chinese, the underline is a full-fledged punctuation mark, much like the comma, semicolon, or period. Because U is still the only element th

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Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2010 21:55:49 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=11518

           Summary: The U element should be reinstated. Although people
                    using Western writing systems view it as merely
                    decoration, in Chinese, the underline is a
                    full-fledged punctuation mark, much like the comma,
                    semicolon, or period. Because U is still the only
                    element th
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
               URL: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#top
        OS/Version: other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML Canvas 2D Context (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: contributor@whatwg.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


Specification: http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/spec.html
Section: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/complete.html#top

Comment:
The U element should be reinstated. Although people using Western writing
systems view it as merely decoration, in Chinese, the underline is a
full-fledged punctuation mark, much like the comma, semicolon, or period.
Because U is still the only element that can correctly fall back on text-mode
browsers, U is the only way to ensure that this punctuation mark is displayed
for Chinese authors who wish to use this punctuation mark.

Classifying the U element as "visual formatting" is the same as saying that
the quotation mark or the em-dash is merely visual formatting and therefore
should be deprecated. This does not make any sense at all.

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