Re: Foreign Words and Phrases

Rob (wlkngowl@unix.asb.com)
Wed, 24 Sep 1997 15:41:21 -0500


Message-Id: <199709250611.CAA01232@unix.asb.com>
From: "Rob" <wlkngowl@unix.asb.com>
To: "Martin J. D^nrst" <mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 15:41:21 -0500
CC: www-html@w3.org
In-reply-to: <Pine.SUN.3.96.970923153524.361I-100000@enoshima>
Subject: Re: Foreign Words and Phrases

On 23 Sep 97, Martin J. D=FCrst wrote:
> [..]
> > Using EM is deceptive and will throw off a speech renderer that might
> > speak the world with added volume. SPAN is more appropriate.
> 
> That wouldn't be a mistake. There has to be some distinction between
> the case that a foreign word is used without italics/emphasis and the
> case it is emphasized as something special. Both cases exist, and it
> would be wrong to not distinguish them aurally.

Aural emphasis would be in pronounciation, not volume & speed (which is 
generally what EM would affect).  The emphasis given to 'foreign' words 
(ie, "<span lang=3D"la">post mortem</span> examination") is not the same a=
s 
logical emphasis (ie, "This <em>is</em> important"). 

Italics or SPAN is more appropriate.

Rob