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Re: use of figure/figcaption

From: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 12:31:57 +0200
To: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20100608123157664187.6838e772@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Steven Faulkner, Tue, 8 Jun 2010 09:52:22 +0100:
> Please correct me, but i would have thought that a primary use case
> for the figure/figcaption elements would be to mark up images such as:
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunechaser/134672022/
> example:
> <figure>
> <img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/45/134672022_684792c559.jpg>
> <figcaption>Inventor of the World Wide Web, director of the World Wide
> Web Consortium (W3C),
> Knight Commander of the British Empire.</figcaption>
> </figure>
> this seems at odds with the figure element as specified:
> "The element can thus be used to annotate illustrations, diagrams,
> photos, code listings, etc, 

As you see, <figure> is like <object> - it can have many roles. So the 
first thing Flickr should do, if it wants to use <figure>, is to use 

	<figure role="img">

The primary motivation for Flickr would probably be accessibility, 
including as a solution that allows them to treat @alt more simply. And 
thus we must make it clear how to use @role, aria-* and figure captions.

> that are referred to from the main content
> of the document, but that could, without affecting the flow of the
> document, be moved away from that primary content, e.g. to the side of
> the page, to dedicated pages, or to an appendix."
> http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/grouping-content.html#the-figure-element
> As in the case above the image IS the main content of the document.
> Am i reading the spec incorrectly or is the spec incorrect or is the
> use in the example incorrect?

FLickr can be perceived as "dedicated pages" to the <figure>s have been 
moved away to.
leif halvard silli
Received on Tuesday, 8 June 2010 10:33:03 UTC

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