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Re: H1

From: Jared Warren <warren@cs.queensu.ca>
Date: 12 Feb 2003 17:42:15 -0500
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <1045089735.522.341.camel@foobox.dyndns.org>

> >After all, it is entirely arbitrary for UAs to put the contents of the
> >TITLE element in the titlebar.
> Not really. I'd consider TITLE to be a form of metadata, separate from the
> content. It's isn't supposed to be a part of what is shown to the user,
> but auxiliary data, perhaps shown, perhaps not shown. Kind of like
> authorship metadata, stylesheet URI's and the ilk.

Exactly. Which is why the *default* stylesheet can suggest some places
it might be shown, but authors should not make any assumptions about
where it will turn up. Just as the 2nd chapter of a book isn't titled
"<name of book> : <title>", the page should not be either.
 
> From your standpoint, then, TITLE is the first level heading and H1 the
> second level one. From here on, it's even more natural that there are
> multiple parallel H1's.

My opinion is that H elements shall only be allowed to be the children
of SECTIONs, and BODY's equivalent shall be TITLE. Since I almost always
have the same or similar content in TITLE and H1 I'd prefer if the
default was normalised. (And if you don't like the default you can
override it -- just like the rest of the default style.)

~ Jared Warren
Computing Science, Queen's University
Received on Wednesday, 12 February 2003 17:42:17 GMT

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