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Re: contradictory example of b

From: Daniel Schattenkirchner <schattenkirchner.daniel@gmx.de>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 14:20:12 +0100
Message-ID: <47B8348C.1090506@gmx.de>
To: public-html@w3.org

Ben Boyle wrote:

> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/html5/#the-b

I recommend to use the multipage version of the draft: 

> These are contradictory. I think the first example should be fixed.
> (Maybe it should be kept as an example where m is preferred over b).

I may be completely wrong, but here's my interpretation:

I think the difference between <b> and <m> is, that <b> carries some 
sematic value, while <m> is a data element.

In effect this means, that <b> marks up information that is important to 
the document(-structure), while <m> marks up data that is important to 
the user agent/user.

The second example of the m-element makes this clear. <m> is used to 
mark up the keywords in a search result that were used to run the 
search. It's like the highlight feature in your search window/bar.

In this example, the user agent could format <m> like it'd format it's 
own search results thus create a familiar/native feeling to the user.

However, <m> is indeed poorly defined and I wouldn't care if it was 
removed like proposed.

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