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Re: Is the current definition of the article element in HTML useful?

From: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:53:25 +0000
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To: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Some changes to how article is defined have filtered through to HTML 5.1[1]
from hixies spec.

do they make <article> clearer in its use?

note, there has been no chnage to advice on use for comments

[1]
http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/sections.html#the-article-element

regards

SteveF

On 23 January 2013 10:41, Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I think the definition of the article element in HTML [1] is overly
> vague and broad, which leads to intended and unintended use that
> undermines its usefulness as a semantic construct for users that
> actually consume its semantics such as screen reader users.
>
> For example, the spec promotes the use of article as a container of,
> well, an article and also for each instance of a comment on an article
> (example: [2]).
> Yet there is no defined method of exposing the semantic differences
> between an article in the common understanding of the term and when
> used as defined in the broader HTML definition.
>
> I suggest that the authoring advice and requirments in regards to the
> article element need to be reviewed and perhaps modified in light of
> usage data [4], how the semantics are exposed and conveyed in user
> agents, issues articulated in articles and blog posts (example: [3])
> on how to use it and feedback from users and developers.
>
>
>
> [1]
> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/sections.html#the-article-element
> [2]
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/07/tories-laughing-again-deborah-orr
> [3] http://html5doctor.com/designing-a-blog-with-html5/
> [4] http://www.html5accessibility.com/HTML5data/article/
> --
> with regards
>
> Steve Faulkner
>



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