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Re: HTML5 script start tag should select appropriate content model according to src

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 15:41:29 +0100
Message-ID: <20070423154129.aoa2kfsqy9a88okk@www.splintered.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

Quoting Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>:

> For *practical* purposes, <i> will continue to mean italics when
> applied to bicameral scripts on the visual media.

And for *practical* reasons, tables are used for layout and <font> is  
used to change typeface...but that doesn't mean it's right. The  
argument puts the cart before the horse: <i> is used *because* there  
is no "names of ships / animal genus / etc" element with a default  
presentation of "italics". This does not validate its use for those  
situations, but rather shows the pressing need for elements that do  
clearly define those semantics and have that particular presentation  
built into all browsers' default stylesheets.

Patrick H. Lauke
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