On Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 7:34 PM, Platonides <Platonides(a)gmail.com> wrote:
No. Don't use html to set the difference, use a
dedicated style. Should
we use <font color="red" class="new"> for new links just in
don't support CSS??
No, but where a semantic tag exists, it should be used rather than (or
at least in addition to) the generic <div> or <span> or a class. This
helps to ensure graceful fallback in non-CSS clients. When setting
off text to convey additional information, a tag such as <em> or
<strong> should be used.
Note that a significant part of the issue with non-CSS clients is
clients like screen readers or text-only browsers, which would
probably not support <font> any better.
New links are different for three reasons (in descending order of importance):
1) There's no appropriate semantic tag to use to distinguish them.
2) Fallback in the case of new links is more graceful. Users who
can't see the coloring simply lose the added functionality without
ever having to know about it. In the case of the current special
pages setup, on the other hand, you lose the functionality but also
get a nonsensical usage note which will only serve to confuse you.
3) There's an option to use a different display format that appends a
question mark, which any client will be able to read.