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[Bug 15056] Three suggestions to HTML5

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Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2011 23:15:35 +0000
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Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
                 CC|                            |ian@hixie.ch
         Resolution|                            |WONTFIX

--- Comment #3 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> 2011-12-07 23:15:35 UTC ---
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: Please file one issue per bug.

"More semantic" is not a valid use case.

Even if it was, there's nothing "more semantic" about adding extra markup when
the structure can be completely determined programatically already. The groups
in <dl>s are very well-defined. Adding extra markup wouldn't make them
better-defined; it would just introduce more possible ways for authors to make

<small> is intended for side comments and small print. If your notes are side
comments, then <small> is already the appropriate semantic element, and
changing the name of the element (leaving the definition the same) would not
make anything "more semantic".

If your notes are not side comments, then <small> has nothing to do with them.
If this is the case, please elaborate (in a new bug) on what exactly your use
case is so that we can fully examine if it needs a new element.

Regarding your final point: <dl> is indeed the appropriate element to use if
you have name-value pairs like that. Specifically for the idea of a _heading_
in a list item, though, you can use something like <strong> to indicate what is
important, or maybe <b> to indicate keywords, depending on what exactly you are
doing if <dl> isn't appropriate.

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