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Re: [css3-text] Suppressing underlines propagated from ancestors

From: Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 19:30:00 -0500
Message-ID: <AANLkTi=mds-Luyv1VNdkjjGS+jq4K1ANpVZFoSAMursO@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Belov, Charles" <Charles.Belov@sfmta.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 6:28 PM, Belov, Charles <Charles.Belov@sfmta.com> wrote:
> My concern here from an accessibility viewpoint is that semantic (u tag)
> and non-semantic (text-decoration: underline) uses of underline are
> being conflated.

Are you suggesting that the use-case of a purely presentational
WYSIWYG editor is not legitimate because it's harmful to
accessibility?  If not, I don't understand the relevance of what
you're saying.  If you are saying that, well, I have to say I
disagree, and apparently so do the implementers of every major
browser, because that's exactly what contenteditable/execCommand() are
meant to support.

Also, <u> is actually not a semantic element by anyone's standards.
It's not currently valid HTML5.  Some people are trying to get it
re-added as valid, but even then it's clearly just going to be a
shorthand for <span style="text-decoration: underline">, not an
element that has any meaning outside of a visual presentation.
Received on Wednesday, 23 February 2011 00:30:52 UTC

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