So, the way I read that is that it is depreciate, because they're trying to get you to use style sheets. The general warning of depreciation is that a tag could be dropped in _future_ versions (but not this one) so execrcise caution. I doubt that such common tags, and indeed core HTML tags will be dropped however. That would cause havoc amongst web users, browsers, vendors, authoring tools and the web general. So I think you're safe with those, but the W3 would *prefer* you to use another tag.