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Associating dt with prior dd (was: html 5 and accessibility issue)

From: scott lewis <sfl@scotfl.ca>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 09:44:40 -0600
Message-Id: <0376355E-8C1F-4DA2-A39F-85AC12FC3EF2@scotfl.ca>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
To: aurélien levy <aurelien.levy@free.fr>

Discussing theoretical interpretations of the HTML4 spec is not  
productive. And that discussion is unlikely to be considered by the  
editors.

Aurélien, you seem to feel that the ability to associate a <dt> with  
a <dd> that occurs before it in a <dl> is a necessary and missing  
feature in HTML5. The best way to correct that omission is to show it  
to be a compelling feature that solves a real problem. To that end,  
you should:

	- Identify a problem which the current draft does not solve
	- Identify as many possible solutions to that problem as possible

If associating <dt> with prior <dd> elements is the best solution to  
that problem, the spec will change to reflect that. For more details,  
see [1] and [2].


Backwards compatibility is as important as providing compelling  
features. If you feel that not allowing prior association would break  
backwards compatibility, please:
	
	- Identify UAs which allow for prior association
	- Identify existing sites which rely on prior association

If the feature exists and is in current use, then HTML5 will need to  
support it. (For implementers at least.)


scott.


[1]: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2007Jun/0863.html
[2]: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2007Jun/0962.html
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