Re: <fontsize>

Liam Relihan (
Mon, 10 Jan 1994 17:02:55 +0000 (WET)

On Mon, 10 Jan 1994, David Koblas wrote:

> > Perhaps we should define a <fontsize [1-6]> tag, instead of the <h> tags.
> It would be nice, since just today I wanted to do:
> <UL>
> <LI><h1><A HREF=...>Some Text</A></h1>
> <LI> ...
> The results were not what I was expecting, it does appear funny at times
> that there is no way to vary the point size. If there was then <H?> tags
> would just become <P><em size=?>...<em size=?><P>.

This might be nice but I reckon that the whole point of something like
HTML is to define a *document type*. This means logical components that
can be arranged in an aggregation hierarchy. Logical components are a good
thing because they reflect something in the real world and can be
interpreted at a later stage according to the capabilities of the
local rendition software. By encoding things like fonts into documents,
you are immediately creating problems for browsers that can't handle fonts,

> Additionally, though I'm sure this really is beyond HTML+ (is it?), it
> would occasionally be nice to specify the COLOR of text and HR lines.
> This is partly motivated out of recently noticing a lot of documents
> with images for hrules just to make the documents a little more snazzy.
> <em color=red>
> <hr color=red>

Any number of extra codes can be added to HTML/HTML+. However, it is up to
browsers to use those codes and as already hinted at, some browsers have
limited display capabilities.

I believe that certain markups such as <B> and <I> are already destined
for the hatchet and the use of <EM> and <STRONG> will be encouraged
instead. This is good since browsers can treat the more logical <EM> and
<STRONG> according to their capabilities at a local level.

The moral of the story is:
"You can map logical markup into font sizes, colours, etc. easily
- but-
it is very difficult to map font sizes, colours, etc into logical markup"


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