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Re: what is dt?

From: Lars Gunther <gunther@keryx.se>
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 18:41:49 +0200
Message-ID: <4AB3B84D.2040003@keryx.se>
To: public-html@w3.org
CC: Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net>
2009-09-18 17:01, Leif Halvard Silli skrev:
> Lars Gunther On 09-09-18 16.21:
>> Which means that all of a sudden dd can come before dt? That would be
>> counter intuitive.
>
> Yes, that is part of the current solution to figure in the draft. (And I
> admit responsibility for having suggested it [1].)
>
> [1] http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=6543#c5

So just let me state that in my book we do not have a workable solution. 
In a dl the order is all important, in a figure it would not be. This 
lack of consistency will be a significant hurdle to learning and most 
probably produce a lot of bad code.

BTW, I thought I was smart when I found the suggestion <rubric>. looking 
at the old thread from February

By far the best solution so far for re-using an old element from a 
teaching POV is to use an attribute:

<p caption>

The predictable downside of that is of course that it requires rules 
about what elements that could be used with such an attribute. (I 
suggest p only!)

Another downside is that the solution is crufty and perhaps will open a 
Pandora's box of follow on suggestions about new attributes for many 
more uses as well.

All in all, I think these downsides are a lot easier to overcome than 
the ones associated with dt/dl.

I am contemplating doing some tests regarding this with my students. I 
have not decided upon the methodology, though.


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Lars Gunther
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