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Bug 7921 - ''Text'' and '''Text''' should use em and strong
''Text'' and '''Text''' should use em and strong
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Parser (Other open bugs)
All All
: Lowest minor (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-11-14 20:01 UTC by Carl Fürstenberg
Modified: 2013-08-06 00:36 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Carl Fürstenberg 2006-11-14 20:01:09 UTC
The parser shouldn't use the formation markers i and b, instead it should use
strong and em.
Comment 1 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2006-11-14 22:24:15 UTC
Absolutely not.  ''' is bold and '' is italic, not strong and emphasized.  It is
absolutely the *opposite* of the intent of semantic markup to add semantic
meaning where the user didn't input any.  Please reflect on this.  <b> and <i>
are not deprecated because they happen to consist of those particular letters;
they're deprecated because they're nonsemantic.  Nonsemantic markup is what's
discouraged.  If you think we should encourage our *users* to input semantic
markup, please think of ways to do so and write up a proposal, but <b> !=
<strong> and the latter should never be used when you mean the former.

As an illustration of the faultiness of this particular suggestion, and the
broader idea it represents, it should be noted that these used to translate to
<strong> and <em> until people using screen readers complained that every book
title and ship name got emphasized by their reader.  Screen readers emphasize
<strong> and <em> but not <b> and <i>, so <i>Pride and Prejudice</i> is less
ideal than <cite>Pride and Prejudice</cite> but much better than the downright
incorrect <em>Pride and Prejudice</em>.

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