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[Bug 7669] Redefining dt and dd, recommend new element as caption for Figure

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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 10:10:13 +0000
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Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
         Resolution|                            |WONTFIX

--- Comment #1 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>  2009-09-21 10:10:12 ---
This has been considered many times.

Defining a new element has a number of disadvantages. It means yet another
number for "label"/"heading"/"caption"/"legend"-like semantics (we're up to
about 18 already depending on how you count them), which will lead to at least
as much confusion as reusing <dt>, if not considerably more, as people try to
remember when to use <caption> and when to use <legend> and when to use
<figcaption> (or is it <figlegend>), etc. It also means more awkward parsing
decisions, as well as generally being quite ugly. IMHO <legend> would be
preferable to a new element, even with it's temporary issues with parsing in
legacy browsers.

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