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The org html export uses <b> tags for *bold* text, and <i> tags for /italic/ text, but doesn't use <u> tags for _underlined_ text. Instead it inserts a <span class="underlined">. Why is that the case?

I'm aware that by the current HTML standard, the <u> tag should be used for "unarticulated annotation", not for underlining. But the same is true for <b> (the bring attention tag) and <i> (the idiomatic text tag). Funnily, <b> and <i> have good alternatives as <strong> and <em>, but those aren't use either...

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    Such a "why" question is likely better directed at the Org maintainers directly. Others, here, may only be guessing.
    – Drew
    Apr 12, 2023 at 17:49
  • Probably historical reasons: what the implementer knew at the time of writing the code, what the standard was at that time, etc.
    – NickD
    Apr 12, 2023 at 19:15

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My guess is that it is historical (as I said in my comment), but you can change it if you'd rather do it differently. All of that is controlled by the variable org-html-text-markup-alist which by default is defined as follows:

(defcustom org-html-text-markup-alist
  '((bold . "<b>%s</b>")
    (code . "<code>%s</code>")
    (italic . "<i>%s</i>")
    (strike-through . "<del>%s</del>")
    (underline . "<span class=\"underline\">%s</span>")
    (verbatim . "<code>%s</code>"))
  "Alist of HTML expressions to convert text markup.
   ..."
   ...)

It is a defcustom so you can use the customize interface to change elements of the alist.

As usual, you should read the doc string of the variable with C-h v org-html-text-markup-alist.

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