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RE: H1

From: Sampo Syreeni <decoy@iki.fi>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 00:19:00 +0200 (EET)
To: Nigel Peck - MIS Web Design <nigel@miswebdesign.com>
cc: "Philip TAYLOR [PC336/H-XP]" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>, www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.4.51.0302130012500.19019@kruuna.Helsinki.FI>

On 2003-02-12, Nigel Peck - MIS Web Design uttered to Sampo Syreeni:

>Nothing, but I'm writing an article for beginners so I want to start them
>out on the right foot.

True. However, I think it's a misconception that everything on a page (or
in a document) should cover a single, identifiable subject. Take news
pages, weblogs, corpora or the like. They all present many unrelated
topics, and not always something that can be unified under a single

The point about H1's and TITLE's is a valid one, too. I usually take
head>title to be a meta-topic, and as such not necessarily something we'd
want the user to see. There are situations where you'd want your document
to have a single topic, not visible to the larger crowd, but still
affecting classification and searches, while all the while having multiple
top-level, visible titles that differ from the meta one. H1 is a visible
title, though, and forbidding more than one at the top level would seem to
me an arbitrary restriction -- there's no reason why one couldn't have a
document with many unrelated subtopics, and no unifying higher level
heading. What I'm thinking is, paper conventions are catching up on you...

To sum, your comments might apply to TITLE. I don't think they do to H1's.
Sampo Syreeni, aka decoy - mailto:decoy@iki.fi, tel:+358-50-5756111
student/math+cs/helsinki university, http://www.iki.fi/~decoy/front
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