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[Bug 23490] strengthen advice on when to use a section

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Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 18:54:01 +0000
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Jukka K. Korpela <jukka.k.korpela@kolumbus.fi> changed:

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--- Comment #3 from Jukka K. Korpela <jukka.k.korpela@kolumbus.fi> ---
This is a wrong fix to a non-problem. It has no practical impact except that it
may confuse authors. One of the few reasons to use section elements is that
they provide a way to divide a document into thematic parts even when some or
no parts has a heading. Moreover, the characterization “briefly describes the
content of the section” reflects a very one-sided view on the roles of a
heading.

For example, a novel can be divided into section elements, and they can have
headings, often just numbering headings like “Chapter 1”. There is no reason to
tell people not to use such headings, especially if they are just converting an
existing work into HTML format. And a chapter of a novel could meaningfully be
divided into sections without headings – parts that describe different courses
of events, visually separated e.g. by a blank line.

Note that the descriptions of h1–h6 do not say that headings describe the
content of sections. They are just, well, headings. This is OK. There are many
kinds of headings, and their nature is a matter of presentation style and
depends on the genre – it’s not adequate to restrict headings to brief
descriptions of content.

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