I recently started a Twitter discussion with Chris Coyier of CSS-Tricks on the relevance and usefulness of the
<small></small> tag. I’ve had this same debate with co-workers on why one would still use
<small></small> over just using a
<span></span> with an appropriate
<id></id> to define the “smallness” of the tag. The one thing we both noticed is that no one uses the
<big></big> tag anymore, so why should anyone use the
<small> </small> tag? This seems to be only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to determining which element to use for an intended result. Let’s look at a few more instances of controversy in the realm of standards and semantics on the web.