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[Bug 13201] Flow content should be allowed in <dt>

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--- Comment #7 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> 2011-09-27 19:44:56 UTC ---
Multiple paragraphs or paragraphs with nested lists like this really stretch
the definition of "name" in "name/value pair", but yeah, based on those
examples, I agree that if we're going to allow questions at all, there is at
least some credibility to asking why such long questions wouldn't be ok.

FWIW, such questions also aren't allowed in <h1>-<h6> or (now) in <th>, where
one could imagine them being equally justifiable.

I guess it comes down to two things: Are there compatibility reasons to be
concerned, and what do we lose if we allow it?

Compatibility-wise, it seems that (for <dt> at least) there is no particular
issue with allowing flow content.

The loss from allowing this would be that validators no longer flag cases where
an author has gotten confused about <dt>s and <dd>s.

So the question really is whether multi-paragraph <dt>s are more or less common
than authors confusing <dt>s and <dd>s when they intend to have flow content in
their <dd>s and not their <dt>s.

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