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RE: HTML 5: The l (line) element

From: David Bailey <d.bailey@bathspa.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 10:10:24 -0000
Message-ID: <0626D3385D1E9F4BB842945568ABBC4B064E9A@npwin-exchstaf1.bathspa.ac.uk>
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This sounds like an good idea and I can see a number of uses, not least
the example you gave.  My only issue is that this functionality could be
reproduced with <span>, or the <ul><li> combo and a CSS rule to remove
list-style formatting, or by separating lines into individual


... the question is, which method has the most semantic meaning?  Would
a screen reader client differentiate <l> from <span>, <p> or <ul><li>
when annunciating/pronouncing the text?  How does this add meaning to
the page when analysed by a search engine?


David Bailey,
Bath Spa University - Web Manager.

-----Original Message-----
From: public-html-comments-request@w3.org
[mailto:public-html-comments-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Dave Hodder
Sent: 17 February 2008 21:07
To: public-html-comments@w3.org
Subject: HTML 5: The l (line) element

Please consider adding the 'l' element (as found in XHTML 2).

The 'l' element can be used to break up text into separate lines, in a
similar manner to the existing 'br' element.  Unlike 'br', it is a
container element; instead of "<p>Line 1<br>Line 2</p>", one would type
"<p><l>Line 1</l><l>Line 2</l></p>".  The main advantage of 'l' is
presentational -- it becomes much easier to colour lines differently, to
add automatic line numbers, etc.


     <!DOCTYPE html>
     <html lang="en-GB">
       <title>&lt;l&gt; Demonstration</title>
       <style type="text/css">
        label { float: left; width: 8em }
        l { display: block }
        l :nth-child(odd) { color: #000; background: #EFF }
        l :nth-child(even) { color: #000; background: #FEE }
       <form method="post" action="/profiles">
         <l><label for="forename">Forename:</label>
          <input type="text" id="forename" name="forename"
           size="50" maxlength="50" /></l>
         <l><label for="surname">Surname:</label>
          <input type="text" id="surname" name="surname"
           size="50" maxlength="50" /></l>
         <l><label for="foo">Foo:</label>
          <select id="foo" name="foo">
           <option value="bar">Bar</option>
           <option value="baz">Baz</option>
           <option value="qux">Qux</option>
         <l><label for="arfle">Arfle:</label>
          <select id="arfle" name="arfle">
           <option value="barfle">Barfle</option>
           <option value="gloop">Gloop</option>
           <option value="glorp">Glorp</option>

As far as the web developer community is concerned, I don't believe
adapting to use <l> would prove any more challenging than, for example,
adapting to use <section>.

Thank you,


P.S. One line of JScript is required to coax current versions of
Internet Explorer into parsing the tag:

     <!--[if lt IE 8]><script type="text/javascript">
       document.createElement('l');  // Register 'l' element within IE
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