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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  

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.)


[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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