[wp-hackers] <del> vs <span style="text-decoration:line-through">

John Blackbourn johnbillion+wp at gmail.com
Mon Sep 14 23:05:17 UTC 2009

I've just noticed that the Strikethrough button in TinyMCE doesn't use
the <del> tag as one might expect. It instead uses <span
style="text-decoration:line-through">. However, when using HTML mode
in the editor, a <del> tag is used, complete with a datetime

Surely the <del> tag is the more semantic option? Any opinions?

Not sure if this is WP-specific or a TinyMCE thing, I've not looked
into the code yet.


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