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Re: Why is the style tag restricted to the head?

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 21:58:58 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200311252158.hAPLwwM02413@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

> the sentence, so things such as italics, bolding, even coloring, change =
> the semantics of the document.

In HTML you use <em> to indicate the semantics, then style em to meet the
cultural conventions for emphasis in the target language, so semantics 
comes before italics.  In typeset Eurpean documents, italics are often
used for emphasis.

Colour is more of a problem as colour is often used to give a secondary
message.  Secondary messages in advertising often cannot be made 
explicit as they are attempting to make associations with the product
that are not actually attributes of the product.  Admitting that some
styling tactics used in advertising are part of the semantics would
not go well with various regulatory bodies.
Received on Tuesday, 25 November 2003 16:59:02 GMT

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