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Re: Re: [XHTML 2.0] emphesis

From: Jonathan Worent <jworent@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 08:16:17 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <20060623151617.58571.qmail@web32208.mail.mud.yahoo.com>
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--- David Dorward <david@dorward.me.uk> wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 23, 2006 at 06:31:45AM -0700, Jonathan
> Worent wrote:
> > One of the reasons for suggesting this is so the
> level
> > of emphesis is explicit. 
> How is <em level="2" /> more explicit than <em><em
> /></em>?
> > Rather that relying on css which may or may not be
> interpreted.
> There is no reliance here. It simply describes a way
> to tell the user
> about certain semantics in a document. There is no
> reason why a user
> agent could not do that by default.
> -- 
> David Dorward                                     
> http://dorward.me.uk
Currently CSS is the only way to achieve more than two
levels of emphasis. I don't know of any browsers
(assistive technologies included) that interpret
<em><em>Reilly emphasized</em></em> as more than
<em>really emphasized</em>. Also, as this start to get
more and more emphasized (ex: indicating an escalating
argument) having <em><em><em><em>I'm
angry</em></em></em></em> gets really redundant IMO.
This also does not provide a way to indicate

If this were just an update of (x)html (eg xhtml 1.2
or html 4.2) I would have suggested something along
those lines; saying that it be required that more
emphasis be given to nested em's. I had <em
level="2">strongly</em> ::wink:: considered that.
However, since this is a new spec, and it has been
stated that it is not intended to be backwards
compatible, I believe this is a golden opportunity for
real improvement. 

    Jonathan Worent 

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