[wp-hackers] Tag cloud semantics

Jennifer Hodgdon yahgrp at poplarware.com
Wed Jan 23 21:15:07 GMT 2008

By the way, being naturally skeptical of all new ideas, I tested 
Paul's suggestion of nested EM tags, and it does render as larger text 
for more EMs in Firefox 2, IE 6, and Opera 9. I don't do Mac, but if 
those 3 do it the same, probably Safari would too?


Paul Menard wrote:
> On Jan 23, 2008, at 11:13 AM, Matt Mullenweg wrote:
>> What Tantek does is actually use the <big> and <small> elements, 
>> nested. He feels that's the most semantic use. You can see it in 
>> action on Technorati. (Not sure if it survived redesigns after he left.)
> The current Technorati front page appears to use nested <em></em> 
> elements. I read somewhere over the summer the <em> is one of the few 
> available HTML elements that can be nested. So in effect each tag 
> node/item is wrapped in a number of nested <em> </em>s. The CSS for this 
> is simpler since you can increase the relative font size by using 
> something like:
> <div id="tagcloud">
>     <em><em><a href="">name</a></em></em>
>     <em><em><em><em><a href="">WordPress</a></em></em></em></em>
> #tagcloud em {
>     font-style: normal;
>     font-size: 1.05em;
> }
> This will scale the font very nicely, The obvious down side is the extra 
> character count added to the weight of the page. Oh bother.

Jennifer Hodgdon

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