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<address> For Style [was: Re: www-watchdog?]

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 15:17:48 +0100
Message-ID: <008901c0d7c9$afe82980$bcda93c3@z5n9x1>
To: "Henrik Edlund" <henrik@edlund.org>, "Dan Connolly" <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>, <site-comments@w3.org>, <rigo@w3.org>, <www-talk@w3.org>
"Henrik Edlund" <mailto:henrik@edlund.org> wrote:-

> If I look at the use of the address element it seems to be
> more of a way to make text italic [...]

Please don't. If you want to make text italic, at least use the <i>
element, but really you are probably wanting to add emphasis to the
text, in which case you should be using <em>. cf. WCAG 1.0 [1]:-

Using markup improperly -- not according to specification -- hinders
accessibility. Misusing markup for a presentation effect (e.g., using
a table for layout or a header to change the font size) makes it
difficult for users with specialized software to understand the
organization of the page or to navigate through it. [...]

Using <address> to make text italic, you are confusing people who's
browsers don't display as italic for a start, and confusing anyone who
interpret the semantics of the <address> element as intended - e.g.
people who are extracting data about a page using XSLT, or people who
use screen readers and have it set up to read address differently
(perhaps with a prompt).

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/#gl-structure-presentation

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
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