At 3:55 PM +0100 5/10/11, Stuart Dallas wrote:
On Tuesday, 10 May 2011 at 15:41, tedd wrote:
The world is changing and I don't think any organization can dictate
what is the right/wrong way to do anything. But the good thing here
is that we are left to our own judgement as to what we support and
what we condemn. In my judgment, the <b> and <i> tags present more
problems than they solve so I will continue to not use those tags and
speak against them.
While I don't necessarily disagree with your point about HTML5
bringing back prehistoric tags, I do think it's important to
remember that the fundamental reason for having the spec is that
everyone (developers, browsers, screenreaders, etc) are working from
the same guidelines. You have to assume that HTML5 consumption
devices (both software and hardware) will follow the spec, so as a
developer I think it's important to do the same regardless of your
philosophical arguments against the decisions made when that spec
As always, you bring wisdom to the argument.
My only concern is that I do have blind users who applaud my disused
of <b> and <i> tags. Regardless of the specs, I tend to listen to
users who have to live with the specs.
It appears that much of the decision-making process have been
influenced by developers to accommodate large companies (i.e.,
Google) rather than the disabled. In fact, many of these companies
still use CAPTCHA's.
So, until I have blind users tell me it doesn't matter any more, I
shall try not use these tags.
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