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Re: Cleaning House

From: Tina Holmboe <tina@greytower.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2007 21:30:14 +0200 (CEST)
To: "T.V Raman" <raman@google.com>
cc: mjs@apple.com, foliot@wats.ca, hsivonen@iki.fi, redux@splintered.co.uk, bzbarsky@MIT.EDU, www-html@w3.org, public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <tkrat.d230f868cd6530eb@greytower.co.uk>

On  3 May, T.V Raman wrote:

> A)      <b> and <i> are perfect fine to retain
>         --not so much because of legacy support, because in
>         practice <em> is no more semantic than <i>.

  I'll admit you lost me there. No HTML element is inherently semantic,
  but a semantic interpretation is possible after the "semantic value"
  has been defined in, for instance, prose.

  <EM> has, as far as it has existed, been defined with a specific,
  semantic, "value". <I> has not - and, consequently, it has been used
  to create italic text. That was, after all, its purpose.

  Would you say that P, in practice, is no more semantic than DIV, since
  very few UAs actually do anything MORE with a P than they do with a

> B)      I believe presentational markup is evil.

  We certainly agree there.

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