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Re: what is dt?

From: Stephen Stewart <carisenda@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 22:24:43 +0100
Cc: Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net>, Smylers@stripey.com, public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <0D611859-FE61-475F-AF51-2728F3DC3D86@gmail.com>
To: Jeremy Keith <jeremy@adactio.com>

On 15 Sep 2009, at 21:42, Jeremy Keith wrote:

> Shelley asked:
>> For the past ten years or so, dl, dt, and dd have been defined  
>> within the context of a definition list. People may have used them  
>> for other things, but no where has there been even a hint that such  
>> use was "acceptable" or appropriate.
>
> The HTML 4 spec gives more than a hint, advising authors  
> (incorrectly) to use dl, dt and dd for dialogues.
> http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/lists.html#edef-DL
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> "Another application of DL, for example, is for marking up  
> dialogues, with each DT naming a speaker, and each DD containing his  
> or her words."
>
>> But we dropped dialog in favor of paragraph elements, and using  
>> bold <b> for the person ....(!?)
>
> I concur completely with both your exclamation point and your  
> question mark. It's nutty advice that will be ignored by authors.

How is it "nutty" and why will it be ignored by authors?

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Stephen Stewart
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