Thanks for getting back and for your feedback.
Indeed, HTML4 deprecates <b>, <i> and <u> tags and HTML5 brings them back. This is my mistake and I am sorry for that.
Still, this is a reason for not using these tags as default options for formatting, Note that RadEditor is created to support XHTML, HTML4 and as much as possible HTML5 content. As a UI control, your suggestion would involve to have different tools for applying <b>, <strong> and <span> with inline font-weight: bold
style. Also, the same should be applied with the other mentioned tools.
Also, note that the end-user should have greater knowledge and use the proper tool at the correct place with the correct semantics. In case where the user has such advanced knowledge on HTML, there is the HTML mode and also, there is the possibility for custom tools and filters that can be used in order to achieve the goal.
The decision to use these tags as default formatting is not plainly made up from nowhere. There has been greater demand for these tools to produce the described result. And it has been decided these results to be the default ones.
Further, it is quite clear that an HTML editor cannot stick with only one possibility for text formatting. And again, here comes the possibility of RadEditor to be customized with various of tools and commands.
Finally, I understand that upon different requirements the results should be different and I can suggest you to customize that as per to your exact needs.
If you can think of a feasible way to improve these tools so that they can fit the discussed requirements, it would be highly appreciated to put your suggestion here—http://feedback.telerik.com/Project/108/
. That way you will be able to use our official channel for such suggestions, so that they are estimated and discussed by Telerik community and Telerik Developer team.
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