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Re: what is dt?

From: Jeremy Keith <jeremy@adactio.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 21:42:24 +0100
Cc: Smylers@stripey.com, public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <2A715EFC-09B6-46D4-975D-8E474C9C4D50@adactio.com>
To: Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net>
Shelley asked:
> For the past ten years or so, dl, dt, and dd have been defined  
> within the context of a definition list. People may have used them  
> for other things, but no where has there been even a hint that such  
> use was "acceptable" or appropriate.

The HTML 4 spec gives more than a hint, advising authors (incorrectly)  
to use dl, dt and dd for dialogues.

"Another application of DL, for example, is for marking up dialogues,  
with each DT naming a speaker, and each DD containing his or her words."

> But we dropped dialog in favor of paragraph elements, and using bold  
> <b> for the person ....(!?)

I concur completely with both your exclamation point and your question  
mark. It's nutty advice that will be ignored by authors.

> And we've managed to find two new, completely different uses of dt  
> and dd.

Less than ideal, I agree, but far, far better than using <legend>.  
Using <dt> is the lesser of 18 evils.

Jeremy Keith

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