> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ben Nunn
> ...whereas <b> and <i> have been superceded by <strong> and
> <em> which *do* convey structural significance...
Both b and i are part of the XHTML 1.1 presentation module,
when it is used the Text module gets these elements as part
of it's inline content set.
I would suggest they have purpose, perhaps an article on
typesetting where there is a need to show italicised or
boldface text, but as an example arther than for actual
I personally use em and strong as a descriptive markup rather
than the purely presentational sense of i and b in my work.