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[whatwg] Erroneous description of h1, h2, h3, etc. elements on Whatwg.org

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2012 23:57:14 +0000 (UTC)
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1201252355290.16982@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Wed, 21 Sep 2011, Etienne Levesque Guitard wrote:
>
> Hello Community,
> 
> I've noticed that under section 4.4.6 of the HTML5 spec on
> Whatwg.org<http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/sections.html#the-h1,-h2,-h3,-h4,-h5,-and-h6-elements>,
> the description of h1, h2, h3, etc. is as follows:
> 
> *These elements have a rank given by the number in their name. The h1
> element is said to have the highest rank, the h6 element has the lowest
> rank, and two elements with the same name have equal rank.*
> 
> I propose a rewrite to this in order to cover changes in HTML5:
> 
> *Unless they are contained within a section element, these elements have a
> rank given by the number in their name. The h1 element has the highest rank
> while the h6 element has the lowest rank. When used with the section
> element, the rank is determined by the nesting level of the given heading
> element within section elements.*
> *
> *
> I think this makes it more explicit for readers of the spec who won't go on
> section 4.4.11 to know exactly what the semantics mean.

Actually the rank applies even in a <section> element. Otherwise, things 
would stop working if you did:

   <section>
    <h1>My Section</h1>
    <h2>My subsection</h2>
   </section>

The rank concept is used to figure out the relative level of the headings 
in the document as a whole, it's not the end of the story. You can't just 
ignore the outline section, that's the section that says what the outlines 
mean.

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