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RE: proper use of <u> and <i> elements

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 09:50:48 -0500
Message-ID: <C46A1118E0262B47BD5C202DA2490D1A03317F61@MAIL02.austin.utexas.edu>
To: "Fentress, Robert" <rfentres@vt.edu>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Rob:I know formatting for visual effect should be left to CSS, and that
<em> and <strong> should be used to connote the emphasis given to
certain items.  This 
[JMS] <blockquote> means that <u> or <i> are deprecated now, but I
wonder if there aren't instances where these elements could be used to
provide structure to your document.  For instance, underlining or
italicizing items often denotes that the item is the title of a book or
poem.  Using CSS to produce this effect would not replicate the
structure implied by the element, just its visual presentation, and <em>
would imply something different than that the item was a title of a
work.  <u> and <i> may not be ideal either, but I wonder if something
like them would not be useful.  Or should one use the <cite> element in
these instances and format it with CSS for the proper visual effect?
[JMS] </blockquote>
I think you've found the right approach, Rob: use <cite> with
appropriate CSS. This would also make it possible to use CSS to support
the presentation requirements of different citation formats   (for
example, APA, MLA, etc., etc.).
 
John

	 

	Rob
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