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Re: Conformance of DL Groups Missing DT or DD

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 21:10:02 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Dr. Olaf Hoffmann" <Dr.O.Hoffmann@gmx.de>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0802262102460.6407@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Tue, 26 Feb 2008, Dr. Olaf Hoffmann wrote:
> Note, that dl with only dt or dd as children is sometimes used in
> HTML4 to markup poems or song texts with a somehow useful
> structure (as already detailed in the wiki).
> This seems to be excluded in HTML5 too, but anyway in the 
> current draft most elements seem to be restricted anyway
> to prose content excluding any poetry.

The term "prose content" in the spec means elements like <p>, <section>, 
<img>, <em>, <input>, <script>, any text, etc. (It's roughly equivalent to 
block + inline from the html4 days.)

It has nothing to do with poetry being allowed or disallowed.

HTML5 already has several examples of poetry, for example the third 
fragment in the first example in <p> section:


...the last example in the <cite> section:


...the last example in the <pre> section:


..and the penultimate example in the <figure> section:


If anyone has suggestions for a better term than "prose content", I'm very 
eager to here them. I don't like the term myself, and it clearly causes 
confusion. For what it's worth, the current terms are defined here:


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