HTML 5 and semantics

02 May 2005

The HTML 5 speccontains: 2.7.4. The small element Now, it appears that the WHATWG people have decided that this means: "The small element represents small print (part of a document often describing legal restrictions, such as copyrights or other disadvantages), or other side comments." Now, is it just me or is the small element not a particularly semantic way of saying, "this might be a copyright notice... then again, it might be some kind of legal thing, or maybe just a side comment". Small to me is presentational, in the same way that the b and i elements were presentational. I understand that 'small print' has a semantic meaning in terms of a legal document or contract. But it just seems wrong to use it in a mark-up language. Any thoughts?