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Re: Some comments on the current draft

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 20:52:52 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200609251952.k8PJqqF00916@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> <em role="-1">   less important, may be rendered a font-size:smaller,
> for instance. This is my personal use of the <small> tag, for a one-
> liner.

In simplified Chinese, small text is used for positive emphasis!

Also, in typical UK and US typography, small print is used to mean
"very important but likely to cause fear, uncertainty and doubt if
you actually read it".

> as for "role", the term may not be correct (I'm not much familiar
> with XHTML 2 yet), but I hope you get the point.

Neither of the two attribute names used in this thread seem specific
enough to be appropriate.

> > specifically for software documentation (which seems to be the use-case
> > for <samp> and friends)?

As I've pointed out before, user instructions for anything with a 
symbolic interface requires this, not just documents for software
engineers.  Nowadays that includes practically all e-commerce sites
and most pieces of consumer (and industrial) technology.

> I use samp for my examples, even out of documentation: “When
> something bad happens to me (<samp>missing the bus, missing an
> opportunity…</samp>)”. I see no reason <samp></samp> should be

In my view, this is too far from the intended semantics.

> Nous aim<code>ons</code>
> Vous aime<code>z</code>

I think this is pushing the limits.
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