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Re: Module Element for Secondary Blocks of Content

From: Ondřej Kučera <ondrej.kucera@centrum.cz>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:14:25 +0200
Message-ID: <4A5D9DF1.9090509@centrum.cz>
To: public-html-comments@w3.org
Hello,

Seth Honeycutt wrote:
> Would it be possible to create a module element (perhaps <module> or 
> <mod>) to distinguish secondary content that often appears in small 
> blocks to the sides of the main content. You already have the new 
> elements <header>, <footer>, <nav>, and <article> which describe the 
> type of content in the structure of the document more than just using 
> generic <div> containers. I am mostly concerned with this in mobile web 
> applications where, such as on a cell phone or PDA, you could improve 
> readability and navigation of a web page by being able to jump directly 
> to just the navigation for a page with the <nav> element or go directly 
> to the main content within a page with <article> elements.
> 
> 
> Many modern web pages have several blocks of secondary content on the 
> top, bottom, and sides of the main content of the page. If you would use 
> <article> elements for these blocks of content there would be no way for 
> a mobile browser to distinguish these from the main content of the page.. 
> For example, you could use <mod> to define content modules for site 
> search, user login, local weather, upcoming events, polls, shout box, 
> etc. The main content of the page would then be defined in <article> 
> elements for things like blog entries, a news article, or whatever main 
> content was requested by the URI. The side blocks of content often do 
> not relate directly to the main content requested, but more to the 
> website as a whole– many times appearing on every page of a site. 
> Defining these blocks of content differently would allow a mobile 
> browser to differentiate these from the main content of the page. A 
> mobile browser could then have a feature to list all of the modules on a 
> page so you could select and view each one separately.. For example:

I'm not sure, but isn't "aside" element more or less what you're looking 
for?
http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/semantics.html#the-aside-element

Ondřej Kučera


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Ondřej Kučera



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