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Re: Preparing to launch the Forms Task Force ...

From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 13:13:03 +0000
Message-ID: <45FE8C5F.2010604@cam.ac.uk>
To: Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>
CC: Matthew Raymond <mattraymond@earthlink.net>, public-html@w3.org

Laurens Holst wrote:
> Oh, I don’t want to abandon it. <h1>…<h6> should stay exactly the way 
> they are. For an outline, that is good enough and always has been good 
> enough.

What's the outline of this conformant HTML4 document?:

<h1>My Blog!</h1>
<p>Some content</p>
<h6>A very unimportant heading</h6>
<p>Some unimportant content</p>
<h5>My link</h5>

What's the outline of this <h1>-<h6>+ <section> document that might be created 
by a river-of-news style feed reader which dumps the content of each blog post 
into a <section>?:

<h1>My News</h1>
<h2>Joe's Blog</h2>
<p>Date: 2007-12-25</p>
<h1>Joe's title</h1>
<p>Joe's article</p>

Having tried to implement a document outliner I can say with some conviction 
that HTML4 is both badly worded (e.g. what does "important" mean in this 
context? Lots of people think important is supposed to be interpreted in the 
global context of the page so that headings in sidebars are less important than 
headings in context) and woefully underspecified (what are the conformance 
requirements for authors? For UAs trying to create an outline?) in this area.

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