[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #28547: <span> does not work well with <strong>

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#28547: <span> does not work well with <strong>
 Reporter:  Bertil Friman  |      Owner:
     Type:  defect (bug)   |     Status:  new
 Priority:  normal         |  Milestone:  Awaiting Review
Component:  Editor         |    Version:  3.9.1
 Severity:  normal         |   Keywords:
  Focuses:                 |
 Dear sir or ms
 In my free time, I help an association with their home page.
 They noticed that it was not possible to mark a text with a colour
 after some tests and investigation, I found that the reason was
 a conflict between the <strong> and the <span> tags, which is documented
 The wordpress visual editor uses <span> for color and <strong> for bold
 face. To repeat the error,
     1. Create a post
     2. Write a few lines
     3. Select a word.
     4. Click the B button (for bold face). The word is not showed as bold.
     5. Select the word again
     6. Now clock the triangle at the right of the underscored A button
     7. Select a color, for example sea green.
     8. Deselect the word, it is now showed bold and sea green.
     9. Update the page.
     10. In another tab, visit the page and the post.
     11. The word is shown bold but black (no color)

 I found a slight resemblance with a four year old ticket:
 #13234. It was closed without action, and a work around
 was proposed, meaning that color (<span>) should be used first
 and the other style tag after.
 This is also what I told the chairwoman in the association to do:
 First set the color, then make it bold.

 HTML code (example):
 Works not: <span style="color: #339966;"><strong>fiskdamm</strong></span>

 Works: <strong><span style="color: #339966;">försäljning</span></strong>

 If however <b> is used instead of <strong>, then there appears not to be
 any conflict. For example, the following html code is both shown bold and
 colored (in firefox):
 <span style="color: #339966;"><b>Varmt välkomna önskar styrelsen i

 All these examples come from the (swedish) page evlinge.hemsida.eu. You
 may visit it if you like, but it will be moved soon, to another domain

 Note the the visual editor shows both color and bold regardless of in
 which order these are used.

 Could it be a solution to use the <b> tag instead of <strong>?

 Best regards
 Bertil Friman

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/28547>
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