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[Bug 13959] New: I think the change to dfn being the defining instance of a term removes one previously solid use case for dfn: defining unfamiliar terms that may make no sense to define in context. For instance, use of "borrowed" terms and phrases from other languages th

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Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:10:05 +0000
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Message-ID: <bug-13959-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=13959

           Summary: I think the change to dfn being the defining instance
                    of a term removes one previously solid use case for
                    dfn: defining unfamiliar terms that may make no sense
                    to define in context. For instance, use of "borrowed"
                    terms and phrases from other languages th
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
               URL: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#the
                    -dfn-element
        OS/Version: other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: contributor@whatwg.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


Specification:
http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/text-level-semantics.html
Multipage: http://www.whatwg.org/C#the-dfn-element
Complete: http://www.whatwg.org/c#the-dfn-element

Comment:
I think the change to dfn being the defining instance of a term removes one
previously solid use case for dfn: defining unfamiliar terms that may make no
sense to define in context. For instance, use of "borrowed" terms and phrases
from other languages that may be unfamiliar to the reader. In that case, a
simple dfn element with lang attribute and title to define the term or phrase
seems proper. Without that use available, there becomes a hole in HTML's
semantics that was previously plugged and there are no other elements that
make sense to replace dfn in that instance.

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