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[Bug 19591] New: Making the main content element a sectioning element

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Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 05:27:26 +0000
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-19591-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=19591

          Priority: P2
            Bug ID: 19591
                CC: public-html@w3.org
          Assignee: faulkner.steve@gmail.com
           Summary: Making the main content element a sectioning element
        QA Contact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
          Severity: normal
    Classification: Unclassified
                OS: Windows NT
          Reporter: ian.html@gmail.com
          Hardware: PC
            Status: NEW
           Version: unspecified
         Component: maincontent element
           Product: HTML WG

Because both being elements for content, it is inconsistent that complementary
content is sectioning element and main content is not.

Another reason is about document outline. Please take a look at the markup
below:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>blablabla</title>
<header>
    <h1>Branding</h1>
    <nav>
        <h1>Navigation</h1>
        blablabla
    </nav>
    <aside>
        <h1>Search</h1>
        blablabla
    </aside>
</header>
<main role="main">
    <h1>Main Content</h1>
    <section>
        <h1>Welcome</h1>
        blablabla
    </section>
    <section>
        <h1>Brief Intro</h1>
        blablabla
    </section>
</main>
<aside role="complementary">
    <h1>Complementary Content</h1>
    <article>
        <h1>Latest News</h1>
        blablabla
    </article>
    <article>
        <h1>Recent Comments</h1>
        blablabla
    </article>
</aside>
<footer>
    blablabla
</footer>


If the main content element is a sectioning element, the document outline
formed by the above code will be clear and hierarchically correct:

1. Branding
        1. Navigation
        2. Search
        3. Main Content
                1. Welcome
                2. Brief Intro
        4. Complementary Content
                1. Latest News
                2. Recent Comments


But if the the main content element is not a sectioning element, the document
outline will be confusing and hierarchically incorrect:

1. Branding
        1. Navigation
        2. Search
2. Main Content
        1. Welcome
        2. Brief Intro
        3. Complementary Content
                1. Latest News
                2. Recent Comments


Both main content and complementary content are content, so they are supposed
to be at the same level in document outline.

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