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Re: [RESEND] suggestion: modify <small> definition

From: Steve Fenton <whatwg@stevefenton.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 14:23:00 +0100
Message-Id: <1E3CB705-F7C7-482C-95E3-8C5655E4FD5E@stevefenton.co.uk>
Cc: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
To: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
My use case is as follows:

I need to put a note on my site stating that all the views expressed are my own, not those of my employer etc. This is genuinely of no interest to me as an author or any of the reader [sic].

The <small> element in this case is great for both visually and semantically stating that the content lacks relevance and importance except on the one occasion I have a "chat" with my boss about something I post. The existing definition serves me well. The new definition isn't quite as good for me.

I understand there are many more use cases than mine though.

Steve 

On 21 May 2013, at 13:34, Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com> wrote:

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>> On 21 May 2013 11:37, Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk> wrote:
>> At the risk of getting a bit too meta: what is the difference here between  "lowered [visual] prominence" and "importance"? For a sighted user, isn't visual prominence an indicator of importance? Seems like this definition is trying to disassociate the two...
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> i don't think there is a risk of being too meta on this subject.
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> I think the definition is trying to dissociate the two. Author intent = make appear less important by making smaller (less prominent). The definition attempts to rectify this by saying that despite it being smaller it is of no less (potential) importance to the user.
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> definitions of small/fine print convey the intent;
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>> small print
>> (Law) matter in a contract, etc., printed in small type, esp when considered to be a trap for the unwary
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>> fine print
>> the detailed wording of a contract, lease, or the like, often in type smaller than the main body of the document and including restrictions or qualifications that could be considered disadvantageous. Also called small print.
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> SteveF
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