Paul E. Jones
paulej at packetizer.com
Tue Apr 10 15:40:05 PDT 2012
Julian, et al,
> > Not specific to this HTML example, but one thing we night want to
> > consider is whether we want to change the normative words from all
> > uppercase to italics (or bold) lowercase. This document shows
> > uppercase, because that is the current agreed style driven by the use
> > of ASCII. HTML opens up an opportunity to change that, if we want.
> I'm currently using all uppercase with a different font because that way,
> copying and pasting to plain text will do the right thing.
Does this suggest a different meaning:
"The client MUST select..."
"The client must select..."
I can appreciate emphasizing words (for a quick scan through a document),
though I wonder if use of certain tags could address that need. For
example, I can load an HTML document in Word that has normative words (in
whatever case) tagged with class="rfc2119" and ask Word to highlight all of
So, is there really a need with modern browsers, editors, etc. to even
provide emphasis? I can appreciate how it would be useful for a quick
eye-scan over a document, but I would not think it would generally be useful
when carefully reading a spec... unless "must" and "MUST" really means
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