Re: Render EM as underline [was: deprecated tags in Wilbur & Cougar] (fwd)

Terje Norderhaug (Terje@in-Progress.com)
Fri, 2 Aug 1996 17:06:52 -0700


Message-Id: <ae28437602021004df06@[199.106.6.97]>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 1996 17:06:52 -0700
To: MegaZone <megazone@livingston.com>, www-html@w3.org
From: Terje@in-Progress.com (Terje Norderhaug)
Subject: Re: Render EM as underline [was: deprecated tags in Wilbur & Cougar] (fwd)

At 3:51 PM 8/2/96, MegaZone wrote:
>
>One of the major complaints (really, the only one) about U is that links
>are underlined in some browsers.  And someone suggests changing EM to
>render as underlined?  If people think having U be underlined is bad,
>what of the thousands of pages out there today that would start having
>underlining all over.

There aren't any problem with EM being by default rendered as underline on
a color monitor as long as color is used to distinguish a link. U is bad
because it enforces underline even for environments (read b/w monitors)
where a link now by default is rendered with underline only.

Getting more people to use EM instead of emphasizing with U is good because
it allows the browser to adapt depending on the equipment of the reader and
also opens for better control with style-sheets.

Making U a part of the standard would encourage that "thousands of pages
out there today [...] would start having underlining all over" with less
control for the reader to get the formatting optimized for their needs


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