19 Nov 2008 11:41:02, Thomas 'PointedEars' Lahn < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >
No; someone in the past wanted to add superfluous decoration. That is
what should be removed. The code sent should reflect the semantics of
the document (in which respect it is considerably better than it was),
and should say almost nothing about the visual appearance in a browser
of the ordinary text and headers.
I see that. as is common, you answered too hastily.
Should be omitted. Once upon a time, before GUI displays, when
characters were simple bit maps of about ten pixels each way, it was
said that sans-serif was more legible than serif. No doubt, for such
characters, it was and is. But a modern GUI display is not like that;
it is more like a newspaper, where seriffed fonts are rightly generally
used for ordinary text.
A reader should not need to do that. My browsers are set for what I
want to use when reading and writing - there should be no need for me to
use any other settings for particular sites.
All that is justifiable is to have a background slightly different from
white (it aids recognition in a heap of windows) and the boxing of code
and links lists. And a small top (?) and bottom border on the body does
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