Re: Font-style vs. phrase elements

Ron Newman (rnewman@cybercom.net)
Mon, 27 May 1996 22:05:36 -0500


Message-Id: <v01540b04add01d579bd9@[205.198.81.17]>
Date: Mon, 27 May 1996 22:05:36 -0500
To: Matthew James Marnell <marnellm@portia.portia.com>
From: rnewman@cybercom.net (Ron Newman)
Subject: Re: Font-style vs. phrase elements
Cc: www-html@w3.org

On 5/27/96 at 7:14 PM , Matthew James Marnell wrote:
>Sorry, I'm catching up here.
>
>:>A properly designed search or index tool should skip over <FONT> tags
>:>just as it now skips over <B> or <EM> tags.
>
>Whoa.  A properly designed search of index tool should not skip over
><EM> or <STRONG> but should skip over <B> or <I>, no?  I thought
>that was the whole point of <EM> and <STRONG>, to be content markup
>regardless of outward presentation.  If the current wisdom about
>a properly designed search or index tool is to ignore <EM> and <STRONG>
>then someone has missed the boat, me or whoever defines properly
>designed search and index tools.

It should skip over *all* of them!   All of them are just "noise"
when what you are indexing is words of text.  No matter which of the
following you encounter, you want to index the word "noninvasive":

   <b>non</b>invasive
   <em>non</em>invasive
   <strong>non</strong>invasive
   <i>non</i>invasive
   <big>non</big>invasive
   <font face="+1">non</font>invasive

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