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

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Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:24:04 +0000
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--- Comment #17 from steve faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com> ---
(In reply to Jukka K. Korpela from comment #3)
> 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.

Jukka, I have removed the offending words and have reworked the definition

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