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Definition items as nested DL elements (was Re: DI element)

From: Thomas Broyer <t.broyer@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2007 14:47:59 +0200
Message-ID: <a9699fd20707020547q35af80ehfcbf9df4e93b960d@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-html@w3.org

2007/7/2, Charles McCathieNevile:
> The suggestion made by someone that a singleton dt is "stupid" is
> incorrect.

Apologies for this term, English is not my mother tong so sometimes
I've a hard time finding my words...

> There are a number of cases where a term might be listed
> without a definition.

Probably, but then shouldn't an empty <dd> be provided? (actually, a
<dd> with an ellipsis or a "to be defined" content would probably be

Could you give examples of some of these cases? I cannot find any
apart from the "to be defined" one.

> If anyone wants to play with a proof of concept for di, Amaya has it at
> least in its authoring structure - I am not sure if it explicitly makes it
> available for styling. It is certainly useful in building a WYSIWYG
> interface to manipulate dl contents.

How about using nested DLs ? They're as easy to style and script as
DIs and are more "interoperably implemented" in major current UAs
(tested in Firefox, IE7, Opera 9.21 and Safari 3.0.2 for Windows).

Experiment at http://software.hixie.ch/utilities/js/live-dom-viewer/?%3C%21DOCTYPE%20html%3E%0A%3Cstyle%3E%0Adl%20%7B%20background%3A%20orange%3B%20border%3A%201px%20dashed%20red%3B%20%7D%0Adi%2C%20dl%20%3E%20dl%20%7B%20display%3A%20block%3B%20background%3A%20yellow%3B%20border%3A%201px%20dashed%20orange%3B%20margin%3A%205px%200%3B%20%7D%0A%3C/style%3E%0A%3Cp%3EWith%20DI%3A%0A%3Cdl%3E%3Cdi%3E%3Cdt%3Eterm%201%3Cdd%3Edefinition%201%3C/di%3E%3Cdi%3E%3Cdt%3Eterm%202%3Cdd%3Edefinition%202%3C/dl%3E%0A%3Cp%3EWith%20nested%20DL%3A%0A%3Cdl%3E%3Cdl%3E%3Cdt%3Eterm%201%3Cdd%3Edefinition%201%3C/dl%3E%3Cdl%3E%3Cdt%3Eterm%202%3Cdd%3Edefinition%202%3C/dl%3E%3C/dl%3E%0A%3Cp%3Etext%20following%20the%20DLs

Thomas Broyer
Received on Monday, 2 July 2007 12:48:05 UTC

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