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


--- Comment #26 from Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net>  2009-12-01 00:08:11 ---
(In reply to comment #24)
> (In reply to comment #19)
> > 
> > Gavin, those are images of tables, pulled into the book as either TIFs or PNGs. 
> > 
> > The data is not accessible as a table.
> > 
> > If you all want to include JPEGs of tables in img elements, that's cool. You
> > can put anything you want into an image file.
> I think it would be a terrible message to send if we tell HTML authors that the
> only way to include text or tabular data in a figure is to turn it into an
> image. Text on the Web should be marked up as text whenever possible, even if
> it is serving a largely graphical purpose. Ditto for tabular data. Turning text
> or tables into images is bad for accessibility, indexability, find-in-page
> features, copy/paste. It's an anti-pattern. If restricting <figure> would have
> this effect on HTML authoring then we absolutely should not do it.

I think it's equally bad to confuse people who are expecting to see
illustrations or other graphical entities in a figure, but what's shown is a
poem, a piece of code, an HTML table, and so on. 

What does figure mean? If its nothing more than a title slapped on to a piece
of web behavior, then why bother creating the new element? Just use div, it has
the same level of semantics. 

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