[JDEV] Limitations of XHTML Basic

Jens Alfke jens at mooseyard.com
Fri Apr 6 12:11:31 CDT 2001


On Friday, April 6, 2001, at 09:44 AM, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:

> As you can see there is support for <em> instead of the evil <i>,
> <strong> instead of <b>, etc.

Yes, although qualified with "this generally means..." and "most clients 
should recognize this as..." As I recall, there were always differences 
between how browsers interpreted these. But I suppose if everyone 
implementing HTML support in Jabber clients is cribbing from this 
particular document, they'll all interpret these tags the same way :-)

Bold and italic are nice, but this still leaves open the issue of fonts, 
point sizes and colors. Otherwise it's a flashback to 1993 and Mosaic 
1.0.

At this point I'm planning to use <em> and <strong> but also use <u> and 
<font> as necessary. (And I'll parse <b> and <i> if I receive 'em.) 
Cellphones can just ignore them.

—Jens
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