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Re: separator/seperator Re: About XHTML 2.0

From: Orion Adrian <orion.adrian@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 08:33:54 -0400
Message-ID: <abd6c80105052305332f2327ca@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-html@w3.org

Are empty elements necessary bad? I have yet to see an argument
against all empty elements.

Now mind you I think <l> is better than <br /> because being able to
address lines is important.

However if you don't need to address something, then an empty element
as a seperator works wonders. I'm not advocating using this to
seperate sections. This is only used in the actual writing, and not in
the structure of the document. (more on that later)

Orion Adrian

On 5/23/05, Anne van Kesteren <fora@annevankesteren.nl> wrote:
> Sjoerd Visscher wrote:
> > But a separator in this form is semantically vague, because you have
> > to guess what it actually separates. I know from experience when
> > building scrapers to generate rss form html. It's very easy if each
> > item is in its own container, than when they are only separated by a
> > separator. In particular it's hard to see where the first item
> > starts, and where the last item ends.
> +1. Especially to the 'vague' argument. If there is needed something
> different from SECTION that separates it should be a container element
> as well. Not "another" empty element.
> --
>   Anne van Kesteren
>   <http://annevankesteren.nl/>
Received on Monday, 23 May 2005 12:34:01 UTC

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