Emphasis or Italic?

Anton J Aylward aja at si.on.ca
Sat Apr 29 07:36:06 EDT 2006

Jelks Cabaniss wrote:

> Jon Noring wrote:


>>That's the problem with italics and bold used in print -- they are

>>used in a whole slew of ways, and oftentimes to discern why something

>>is italicized requires understanding the context. If I were reading a

>>book in an unknown language (and maybe using odd punctuation), it may

>>be nigh impossible to figure out why something is emphasized. Now

>>imagine a text-to-speech engine encountering some text which is marked

>>up "italic". Is it a linguistic emphasis? Is it the name of a ship? Is

>>it a title of a book?



> [x]HTML doesn't have nearly as much "built-in" semantics as say the TEI, but

> it does have `<cite>`, and I wish Markdown supported it.


> For other "italics semantics", I suppose the best bet is microformats,

> though that's still sub-optimal:


> She went down on the <em class="shipname">Titanic</em>.

... And pretty soon, to accommodate all this semantics, you end up with XML.

Shees!! I just wanted a rendering engine for my wiki!

/anton - semantically blind version of the deaf dumb and blind kid!

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