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Re: [XHTML2] Suggestion: generalize CAPTION element

From: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 11:53:53 +0200
Message-ID: <16012.1201.504766.17995@lanalana.inria.fr>
To: Masayasu Ishikawa <mimasa@w3.org>
Cc: www-html@w3.org

Masayasu Ishikawa writes:
> [ personal opinion ]
> > Bert Bos:
> > >
> > > It seems to me that associating a caption with an image is such a
> > > fundamental operation, that it should be expressed by semantic
> > > mark-up, rather than by visual proximity (or other purely stylistic
> > > means).
> You mean, not just a child but as the first child?  Do you want it
> mandatory (when 'src' is used), and do you want to allow only one
> caption or multiple captions?  As Christoph pointed out, the ojbect
> element does something like this, although

I had overlooked the fact that OBJECT contained CAPTION, so I retract
my criticism. I thought OBJECT in XHTML2 had the same content model as
in HTML4.

Btw., the description of CAPTION in XHTML2 says CAPTION describes a
TABLE (or at least the CAPTION element of OBJECT links to the CAPTION
element of TABLE), but I assume that is an editorial mistake.


Now that there is at least one way to associate an image with a
caption, the need for captions on other types of images becomes less
clear. It is still an interesting question whether all elements that
have a SRC attribute should also have a CAPTION element and whether
OBJECT should exist at all, but I haven't made up my mind about that.
I think I can do all I wanted to do with the new OBJECT.

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