[Bug 10862] Remove the newly added "s" element


--- Comment #6 from Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net> 2010-10-02 12:51:02 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #5)
> See also bug 9429 (this bug is apparently asking to reverse the editor's
> resolution on 9429).

Well, yes and no. 

I am asking to reverse the editor's decision, but his decision differed from
what the original requestor asked. I didn't want the editor to reverse his
decision about the s element, only to decide in favor of the strike element
(per original bug request). 

I don't believe either element should be made "conforming", because both
elements were presentational, not semantic, in earlier versions of HTML. To
re-define the element isn't "backwards compatible". It's also going to be
confusing to authors.

An additional concern I have is that an element specifically for marking
incorrect or irrelevant text isn't necessary. The example he shows isn't
particularly semantic, but does demonstrate how strike-through has been used:
as a typographic gimmick. People also use it in an editorial sense, to convey
an original impression, struck out in favor of a more polite response, such as
the following:

He is a <strike>moron</strike>misguided individual. 

This isn't a correction or marking up irrelevant text: it's a typographical
ploy. The same as the example that the editor put into the spec (showing an old
price in favor of a new--buy now!) And it represents probably the most frequent
use of both <s> or <strike>.

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Received on Saturday, 2 October 2010 12:51:06 UTC