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Re: Proposal: <content> element

From: James Graham <jgraham@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 10:15:53 +0200
Message-ID: <4A979239.50609@opera.com>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
CC: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, John Drinkwater <john@nextraweb.com>, Geoffrey Sneddon <gsneddon@opera.com>, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Ian Hickson wrote:

>> <section> (or other sectioning element)
>>   <header/>
>>   <content/>
>>   <footer/>
>> </section>
> Purely to prevent other elements from being abused, I could buy doing 
> this... I dunno, though, it seems a bit silly. I'd rather wait to see if 
> we can evangelise the right markup some more before giving up.

A noticeably high fraction of people looking for feedback on their HTML 
5 markup on #whatwg have asked which element they should be using for 
their main content, often thinking they are supposed to use either 
<section> or <article> when in fact they are looking for <div>. Although 
this is clearly anecdotal, it suggests that misuse of sectioning 
elements is going to be a significant problem with wider adoption. Since 
evangelism  generally has a rather high cost and limited payoff I think 
introducing a new element upfront makes the most sense even without 
considering the additional benefits such as improved source readability 
over <div>-based solutions.
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