[Bug 8404] Refocus the figure element back to being a figure


--- Comment #25 from Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net>  2009-12-01 00:05:11 ---
Gavin referenced two figures from my books. 

One figure is a screenshot of the hue chart that you can access from the
following web page:


As you can see, the author created the non-dithering color chart as a single

The other figure was a screen shot of the font compatibility table at 


I'm not adverse to any form of HTML being used as a figure, but I think we need
to consider, then, dropping the figure element. I do believe that repurposing
dt/dd is a problem. I also believe having to wrap the element in a div element
is also a problem. Lastly, most people think of figure as a graphical
illustration, and other content, such as a poem, will cause confusion, and most
likely result in the figure being use erroneously. 

The existing definition is far too liberal, too open ended. 

We would be better off just getting rid of figure, and use something like:

<div class="figure">
<div class="figurecontent">
...some html content
<div class="figurecaption">

Then we can use whatever we want, and we don't have to screw around with
misusing semantics.

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