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

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Wed, 31 Jul 1996 18:26:58 +1700 (PDT)

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Subject: Render EM as underline [was: deprecated tags in Wilbur & Cougar] (fwd)
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 1996 18:26:58 +1700 (PDT)
From: MegaZone <>

Once upon a time Terje Norderhaug shaped the electrons to say...
>I suggest to resolve the issue by that the guidelines for how a browser
>should render the EM element is changed from advising italics to advising
>that the EM is rendered with underline.

Never happen.  People expect EM to be italics in all major browsers, I
know I would not be alone it screaming my objections if that were even 
considered.  Besides, people would just start using <I> if that change

>Italics fonts doesn't display very well on screen anyway, and makes text
>harder to read (if readbable at all). Rendering EM with italics also mixes

Looks lovely on my system, so speak for yourself.

>with the common rendering of citations. By not providing U but rather
>suggest underline for EM, it would invite more people to use the logical EM
>element with the associated long term advantages.

For legal documents you *MUST* have underlining, no ambiguity.  They need
a *physical* markup, NOT a *logical* markup that may change on the whim of
a browser manufactuer.

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