Re: Agenda Conf call 2011-sep-28

On Thu, 29 Sep 2011 03:46:42 +0900, Eric Muller <> wrote:

> On 9/27/2011 11:29 PM, John Daggett wrote:
>> Lots of general purpose software uses<em>  elements for UI (e.g. in
>> subject headers of forum postings).
> In other words, <em> is used ambiguously to denote emphasis (where
> emphasis marks are a good way to render the emphasis) and styling in
> italic/oblique (as in those headers, and also commonly in section titles
> in books, where emphasis marks would not be acceptable).

Yes. Note, however, that in those other cases where <em> is used to mark
titles, italic/oblique is not an acceptable styling in CJK any more than
emphasis marks would be. For example titles (which should use <cite>,not
<em>) in Japanese should be shown 『this way』.

In all cases where <em> was used semantically, emphasis marks are the
right thing to do. When it is used to mean some other thing that should be
styled as font-style:italic in English, neither emphasis marks nor italic
are the correct answer in CJK.

  - Florian

PS: Let's use the standards semantically:

Received on Thursday, 29 September 2011 03:18:01 UTC