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Re: History Re: Bold vs Strong

From: Andrew Cunningham <andj.cunningham@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2018 12:14:41 +1000
Message-ID: <CAOUP6Kmae7agZWMAEDpgasLirPm6bag=4+DLicne7d4+Tz=aXw@mail.gmail.com>
Cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Although part of the problem is that with em and strong and various
other elements,. HTML not only gave them semantic meanings but also
gave them a default Style/presentation that does not universally
apply. Depending on the languages it is common for me to need to first
negate existing default styles and then apply an appropriate style to
indicate the semantic meaning visually.


On Fri, 7 Sep 2018 at 08:01, Chaals Nevile <chaals@yandex.ru> wrote:
>
> On Thu, 06 Sep 2018 22:47:42 +0200, David Woolley
> <forums@david-woolley.me.uk> wrote:
>
> > On 06/09/18 14:26, Katie Haritos-Shea wrote:
> >> I thought <b> and <i> originally came out of SGML.....before HTML
> >>
> > SGML has no pre-defined tags.  It is the <tag>....</tag> construct, not
> > any particular value of tag, that comes from SGML (although the original
> > versions of HTML complied with SGML more fully than that).
>
> I believe that a number of very old HTML tags (I know this is the case for
> the h1-h6 set) were essentially re-using an SGML vocabulary that happened
> to be familiar to many people who might have been the "first users" of
> HTML, in CERN. The reason for adopting them was to ease transition to HTML
> (which was SGML-like, but at the very beginning didn't actually have the
> formal structure SGML did - that came later on, along with the development
> of XML as a formal replacement for SGML).
>
> 'strong' and 'em' - and lots of other things, some good ideas and some
> probably not - were introduced in HTML 4 - which was SGML based, attempted
> to have robust semantics that allowed for things like device independence
> and decent accessibility support, and so on. Early work on HTML5 also
> tried to assign more semantics to things that hadn't had them before as
> well as add another new set of semantic elements. Some of that took hold,
> some of it didn't.
>
> For what it's worth, "semantics" - understanding meaning and how people
> use it - is really really hard. So it isn't surprising that quite often
> efforts to make it work more like someone thinks it should don't get
> global traction and success.
>
> cheers
>
> --
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Andrew Cunningham
andj.cunningham@gmail.com
Received on Monday, 10 September 2018 08:29:05 UTC

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