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Re: The History of <aside> for sidebars (was: Re: HTML5 feedback from prominent designers)

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 09:26:27 -0500
Message-ID: <dd0fbad0909040726l4d553f7cp3cc3a5ef256c99f6@mail.gmail.com>
To: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Cc: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>, James Graham <jgraham@opera.com>, public-html@w3.org
On Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 7:51 AM, Lachlan Hunt<lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au> wrote:
> Look at most blogs and you'll see better examples of sidebars.  They often
> contain things like blogrolls and archive links, search forms, latest
> twitter status, etc. which would be inappropriate for a header.

If you think search forms, latest twitter status, etc. aren't
appropriate in a header, you've got another think coming.  ^_^
<header> as a structural page element doesn't really mean *anything*
except "stuff that goes on the top" along with a decent assurance
you'll find the site heading there.

Blogrolls and archive links are often on the sidebar, true, but I
think that's mostly a pure style issue - they are usually tall and
display well with a constrained width, which makes them fit much
better in a sidebar than a header.

In my company's site, the part that would go in <header> contains the
title, a main nav, a secondary nav, a language selector, a chat
widget, and a link to our PCI certification.  Trying to put *any*
constraints on header content is a waste of time.

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