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[whatwg] The m element

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2007 09:45:38 +1100
Message-ID: <45C90512.9060603@lachy.id.au>
Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> I fail to see how this is different from an em element... (very loose and abused 
> semantics, but I dont see how adding a new element to mess up is helpful)

<em> is for emphasis, <m> is not.  They have very different meanings.

>> <zcorpan> one reason might be to highlight search terms, another may
>> be to mark errors in the document, or things you should remember
>> specifically
>> <csarven> in those cases the marked text has no extra meaning other
>> then how it would be viewed or interpreted. "highlighting does not
>> change the reading of the text..."

That's right, whereas <em> does change the meaning of the text.

<m> is for highlighting text that is of some interest to the reader, but 
it does not alter the meaning of the text itself.

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 14:45:38 UTC

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