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[whatwg] Interpretation issue: can <section> be used for "extended paragraphs"?

From: Markus Ernst <derernst@gmx.ch>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 10:42:06 +0200
Message-ID: <4DF8705E.9050602@gmx.ch>
Am 14.06.2011 18:06 schrieb Tab Atkins Jr.:
> On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 2:04 AM, Markus Ernst<derernst at gmx.ch>  wrote:
>> Am 14.06.2011 09:32 schrieb Ian Hickson:
>>> On Fri, 11 Mar 2011, Markus Ernst wrote:
>>>> Consider this markup of Andy's use case:
>>>>
>>>> <p>I always like to eat these cheeses:
>>>> <il>
>>>>   <ili>Cheddar</ili>,
>>>>   <ili>Stilton</ili>, and
>>>>   <ili>Red Lester</ili>,
>>>> </il>
>>>> but I enjoy them most with one of these biscuits:
>>>> <il>
>>>>   <ili>wheat crackers</ili>,
>>>>   <ili>rye crackers</ili>,
>>>>   <ili>digestives</ili>,
>>>> </il>
>>>> and some chutney.</p>
>>>>
>>>> <il>    stands for "inline list",<ili>    for "inline list item" (it's a pity
>>>> we can't reuse<li>    for BC reasons). Conforming UAs would be required to
>>>> ignore any content in an<il>    element, except it is in an<ili>    element.
>>>> Like that, the above example would be perfectly readable in legacy UAs,
>>>> but make sense in HTML5-capable UAs.
>>>>
>>>> It would even be easy to stlye the output for legacy UAs supporting
>>>> display:list-item, as this example illustrates:
>>>> http://www.markusernst.ch/stuff_for_the_world/list-test.html
>>>
>>> What problem does this solve?
>>
>> It solves the first use case Jukka mentioned in his original post:
>>
>> Am 10.03.2011 09:20 schrieb Jukka K. Korpela:
>>> The<p>  element (ever since it became an element) has always allowed
>>> inline (text-level) content only, and no change is planned to this in
>>> HTML5. Under these circumstances, what should we say to people to
>>> need to use paragraphs that contain lists, for example?
>
> So does Hixie's answer of "Tell them to use two<p>s and a<ul>".  His
> answer has the benefit of not requiring any changes to HTML, and not
> introducing a fourth type of list that is only very subtly different
> from<ul>.

Am 15.06.2011 09:09 schrieb Jukka K. Korpela:
 >
 > <div class="p">
 > <p>This is text, which may be just list header (introduction to
 > the list) or a longer presentation.
 > <ul>
 > <li>an item</li>
 > <li>another item</li>
 > </ul>
 > <p>Here we may have text that logically continues the discussion
 > of the topic.</p>
 > </div>
 >
 > * * *
 >
 > I know this suggestion is long and raw, but I hope its basic content
 > is something we can agree on. And I have no big problem with using
 > div markup here, even though it somewhat goes against the spirit of
 > modern HTML.

This results in:

<div class="p">
<p>I always like to eat these cheeses:</p>
<ul>
   <li>Cheddar</li>,
   <li>Stilton</li>, and
   <li>Red Lester</li>,
</ul>
<p>but I enjoy them most with one of these biscuits:</p>
<ul>
   <li>wheat crackers</li>,
   <li>rye crackers</li>,
   <li>digestives</li>,
</ul>
<p>and some chutney.</p>
</div>

I don't like this, because it is a hackish workaround for a quite basic 
problem. Lots of HTML is actually authored by non-programmers using 
online rich text editors - both the editor softwares and their users 
will be quite hard to teach about using such constructs. I strongly 
assume that the following kind of solution is more likely to occur:

<p style="margin-bottom:0">I always like to eat these cheeses:</p>
<ul style="margin:0">
   <li>Cheddar</li>,
   <li>Stilton</li>, and
   <li>Red Lester</li>,
</ul>
<p style="margin:0">but I enjoy them most with one of these biscuits:</p>
<ul style="margin:0">
   <li>wheat crackers</li>,
   <li>rye crackers</li>,
   <li>digestives</li>,
</ul>
<p style="margin-top:0">and some chutney.</p>

The main issue here is the fact that you can't just apply styling to the 
list element, but have to apply it to the surrounding <p>s, too. Inline 
lists would make this kind of things definitely easier and better.

Of course I understand the benefit of not requiring any changes to HTML, 
but actually the HTML5 process is about making changes to HTML. I don't 
have a big problem with using this kind of markup either, but the same 
applies for using <div>s instead of <article>s and <section>s.
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