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RE: updated figure text - please review

From: Adrian Roselli <Roselli@algonquinstudios.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2013 13:10:20 +0000
To: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
CC: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <0CB063710346B446A5B5DC305BF8EA3E7E4F96@Ex2010MBX.development.algonquinstudios.com>
> From: Steve Faulkner [mailto:faulkner.steve@gmail.com] 
> Sent: Friday, July 05, 2013 6:54 AM
> Hi all
> Silvia has cherry picked the proposed text[1] from the whatwg spec on the figure element
> please review and feedback on where/if it is unclear or could be improved.
> [1] http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/grouping-content.html#the-figure-element

Should there be some sort of guidance (prohibition, suggestion against) using block-level elements in the <figcaption>? All the <figcaption> elements have no <p> or <div> in them. If someone wants to include two paragraphs in a <figcaption>, is it ok to use <p>s?

For example, the <li> element has the following [1] about headings but is otherwise silent on block level elements:

"Note: While it is conforming to include heading elements (e.g. h1) inside li elements, it likely does not convey the semantics that the author intended. A heading starts a new section, so a heading in a list implicitly splits the list into spanning multiple sections."

I see heading elements being a particular risk given the notion that the <figure> can be separated from the main content (regardless of its non-sectioning role).

Also, for cases where an author includes an image, I think at least a reminder to good alt attribute practice via a hyperlink might be a good idea [2] and maybe some guidance on whether or not the alt should match or correspond to the <figcaption>.

[1] http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/grouping-content.html#the-li-element
[2] http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/embedded-content-0.html#alt
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