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[whatwg] lede element

From: Matthew Paul Thomas <mpt@myrealbox.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2007 16:42:17 +1300
Message-ID: <2725a9462f59b63cabd52416f13f1b3f@myrealbox.com>
On Oct 2, 2007, at 7:02 AM, Devi Web Development wrote:
> ...
> Usage Case:
>
> <h1>Burmese monks 'to be sent away'</h1>
> <p><lede>Thousands of monks detained in Burma's main city of Rangoon 
> will be sent to prisons in the far north of the country, sources have 
> told the BBC.</lede> About 4,000 monks have been rounded up in the 
> past week as the military government has tried to stamp out 
> pro-democracy protests. They are being held at a disused race course 
> and a technical college. Sources from a government-sponsored militia 
> said they would soon be moved away from Rangoon...

In that example from BBC News, the paragraph is actually four 
paragraphs. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7022437.stm> BBC 
News always puts a <B> element around the first paragraph of a story. 
But they also bolden the second paragraph, if it's explaining the 
source of the story: <B>...<P>...</B>. 
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7018411.stm>

So to satisfy the use case of the BBC, <lede> would need to be a block 
element. I haven't found any examples where it would be an inline 
element.

My local newspaper uses a similar pattern: <p><strong>...</strong></p>.
<http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/nelsonmail/4223173a6510.html>
(To future readers: this link probably will have died in a few months.)

Same with ZDNet News, who forget the <p> tags entirely: <b>...</b>.
<http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9584_22-6211357.html>

Except where BBC News boldens the second paragraph, these examples 
could all be satisfied by CSS to select the first paragraph inside the 
article container. I doubt any news site would deliberately make the 
lede a paragraph other than the first one ("burying the lede") *and* 
want it specially formatted.

Cheers
-- 
Matthew Paul Thomas
http://mpt.net.nz/
Received on Tuesday, 2 October 2007 20:42:17 UTC

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