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Re: proposal to explicitly forbid <small> use as subheadings

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jukka.k.korpela@kolumbus.fi>
Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2013 20:02:20 +0300
Message-ID: <51B2121C.5020208@kolumbus.fi>
To: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
CC: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
2013-06-07 19:32, Steve Faulkner wrote:
> if you were writing the definition of <small> what would it be? 

The <small> element indicates that its content should be rendered using 
smaller font size than used for its parent element. User agents should 
honor this request within reasonable limits (they may impose a lower 
limit on font size), if they are able to render text in different font 
sizes. The amount of size reduction is browser dependent, and it may 
correspond to the CSS declaration font-size: smaller.

That would be the definition. It could be augmented by a description of 
common browser practices if they can be identified, as well as with 
usage notes. Imitating the current formulations and adding some 
aspects,  such notes could say:

The <small> element can be used for disclaimers, caveats, legal 
restrictions,  copyright notices, attributions, and texts presented only 
to comply with legal requirements. It can also be used for notes that 
are less important than the text of the parent element or deal with a 
tangential issue that may be relevant  to some users.

The <small> element can in particular be used for a "sub-heading" within 
a heading element.

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