<small> HTML tag be allowed and properly styled?
Currently people wanting to write something small use either sup or sub which achieves a similar effect, but using it for small text is:
- Semantically wrong
- Too small
- Only the most advanced users know of this "feature"
Small text is very useful in many circumstances on most (if not all) stack exchange websites. Here is a couple use cases! I put the text that would be
<small> in italics instead.
Stack Overflow: If your C++ class has a private variable you cannot access it outside of the class or outside of friend classes/functions, that's the whole point of it!
Note: if you really want to you can access it using pointer hacks, but the method to do that varies from compiler to compiler and it's technically undefined behavior.
Super User: If your computer doesn't boot try the following step: [...]
Since you mentioned being an advanced user I skipped the most obvious reasons, such as the computer not being plugged in. But it never hurts to double check!
<small>. It's now referring to “the fine print” or “the small print”. That's even worse, if I understand correctly.
<small>is the best option. Earlier that was about presentation, not content. And today it seems the HTML5 recommendation refers to the Wikipedia definition of small print. If true, then using it doesn't feel right to me either. (Though of course it's NOT likely that some browsers/readers would suddenly add/speak some "Warning, alert, beware" for
<small>, nor that company firewalls would block pages that use it...)