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[Bug 16505] New: I would like more clarification on the concept of the term "groups" in regards to the section on definition lists found at: http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/grouping-content.html#the-dl-element Quite a bit of time is spent defining these groups, for example: "I

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Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2012 13:03:03 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=16505

           Summary: I would like more clarification on the concept of the
                    term "groups" in regards to the section on definition
                    lists found at:
                    http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/grouping-content.html#the-d
                    l-element Quite a bit of time is spent defining these
                    groups, for example: "I
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
               URL: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#top
        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://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/single-page.html
Multipage: http://www.whatwg.org/C#top
Complete: http://www.whatwg.org/c#top

Comment:
I would like more clarification on the concept of the term "groups" in regards
to the section on definition lists found at:

http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/grouping-content.html#the-dl-element

Quite a bit of time is spent defining these groups, for example:

"If a dl element is empty, it contains no groups."

"If a dl element contains only dd elements, then it consists of one group with
values but no names."

How and/or when do these "groups" come into play?  Are there any current plans
to expose these groups in the DOM, so that dd elements can be accessed from
their sibling dt element?

What would be even more useful would be exposing these groups as
pseudo-elements for CSS rules, allowing each group of dd's in the dt-dd pair
to be styled as a unified block. There are clever solutions for this
currently, but all of them require either floats, positioning, hard-defined
widths, etc.  There is currently no compliant way to style a dd element (and
its dt/dd children) as a table, which  might be possible with pseudo-elements. 

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