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Re: Implicit sections (was: Re: several messages about <section>, <p>, <hr>, and related subjects)

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 19:57:18 +0000 (UTC)
To: Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0802271944570.6407@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Wed, 27 Feb 2008, Simon Pieters wrote:
> I had in mind software that normalized documents to use explicit 
> sectioning elements, since the spec encourages authors to use explicit 
> sectioning elements:
>    Authors are also encouraged to explictly wrap sections in elements of
>    sectioning content, instead of relying on the implicit sections
>    generated by having multiple heading in one element of sectioning
>    content.
> ...but, since it's not allowed to use multiple <body>s, the case above 
> can't be normalized to explicit sections without changing the outline.
> I don't feel strongly about it, but I think the spec should rather 
> encourage authors to not let content "slip out of their parent" as in 
> the case above (because it feels dirty), than to encourage authors to 
> use explicit sectioning elements (I think implicit sections are fine so 
> long as they are inside the parent sectioning element).

I think it should encourage both, but I can't work out how to phrase the 
former in a comprehensible way.

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