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Breaking out Headers, Footers and Navigation

From: Orion Adrian <oadrian@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2004 12:18:00 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <BAY1-F150PNOkJvX41K000418e1@hotmail.com>

I'd like to see some official breakout of headers, footers and navigation 
from content. Basically instead of just body, there would also be a header, 
footer and navigation element.

* <body> would contain content.
* <navigation> would contain navigation and it's contents could then be 
* <header> would contain information that is common to all pages including 
company logos.
* <footer> would contain things like copyright and privacy information or 

This is just an introductory idea and Header and Footer probably shouldn't 
be there. But I definately would like to see navigation pulled out of 
content. One, it makes it much easier to parse body for content and produce 
a structure. It also means that finally your H1 would likely be at the top 
of the page's content and not in the middle where it often ends up. It also 
would give pages the ability to display navigation in a seperate pane (like 
Mozilla's sidebar). There are lots of benefits gained from being able to 
clearly distinguish context-free navigation and content.

Orion Adrian

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