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3Re: My favorite HTML font style tag is...

by jeffa (Bishop)
on Aug 20, 2003 at 13:47 UTC ( #285190=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: My favorite HTML font style tag is...
in thread My favorite HTML font style tag is...

Why? What's the difference. I am sure that there is a good one, but i don't understand why you just say "you should this!" without explaining why. Also, if you were a nitpicker then you would have said "use <em> tags" instead, because that's the XHTML way (all lower cased elements).

Letsee, i just tested this html:

<p>this is <i>italic</i></p> <p>this is <em>emphasis</em></p> <p>this is <tt>teletype</tt></p>
and viewed it with lynx, which 'rendered' the <i> and <em> tags, but not the <tt> tag. If this is what you were referring to, then yes, i should switch. But i probably won't. ;)


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Re: 3Re: My favorite HTML font style tag is...
by theAcolyte (Pilgrim) on Aug 20, 2003 at 21:28 UTC
    Ya, my XHTML is garbage, thanks for reminding me.

    The reason for using <em> over <i> or <b> in this situation is the idea of structure vs. presentation.

    In an ideal world, your HTML would only mark up your content structurally ...

    • <em> rather then <i> or <b> for emphasis
    • <code> rather then <pre> for mono-spaced code
    • <h1> for a headline instead of <font>

    Why bother, you ask? (Well, even if you don't....) Because not all devices that render HTML pages are visual -- example, if someone is looking at your page on a Palm Pilot, then the palm can interpret emphasis the best way it can. Also, search engines are better equiped to deal with structural markup -- markup that signifies what type of data something is.

    Once you can do all your mark-up structurally, you can use CSS to have your HTML visually styled in the user-agents that can handle it, and the ones that can't will still be able to digest it easily.

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