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Re: Underline element.

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2008 19:10:14 -0800
Cc: HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <068830FE-765A-4002-AD05-F8EEF678DE40@apple.com>
To: Philip Taylor <pjt47@cam.ac.uk>


On Dec 29, 2007, at 7:37 AM, Philip Taylor wrote:

> Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
>> The main difference between <u> on the one hand and <b> and <i> on  
>> the other, as far as I can tell, is that the latter two are much  
>> more commonly used, and their associated default formatting has  
>> many meaningful uses in standard typography.
>
> "much more commonly used" seems inaccurate in general.
> http://canvex.lazyilluminati.com/survey/2007-07-17/analyse.cgi/tag/u  
> (plus obvious URIs for other tags) has data about some collection of  
> 7739 pages:
>  <u>: 628 (8% of pages)
>  <i>: 1512 (20%)
>  <b>: 3785 (49%)
> and for comparison:
>  <s>: 9 (0%)
>  <em>: 743 (10%)
>  <strong>: 2085 (27%)
> so it's not clear that <u> is used that much less than other  
> formatting elements (whereas it is clear that <s> is used far less).

Do you have counts of how many times each element is used? (I assume  
what you gave above is number of pages that use particular elements at  
least once).

Cheers,
Maciej
Received on Wednesday, 2 January 2008 03:13:14 UTC

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