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Re: proposal to explicitly forbid <small> use as subheadings

From: Ian Devlin <ian@iandevlin.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2013 11:19:12 +0200
Message-ID: <CAOYOhSt0KyLL3ob=sm9+9-hGU_VpJcPLGWuw2Enup=sS+kLPRA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
I think that it would be good to add such a proposal so that <small> is not
used in this way.
However the suggestion to use <hgroup> instead is of course wrong since
that element has been dropped from the spec.

If the <subline> proposal becomes a recommendation then of course that
should be the recommended way to do things, but for now the "common idioms
sub-head" article is best.

On 7 June 2013 11:05, Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> hixie made a change to the whatwg spec in regards to <small>[1]
> <p>The <code>small</code> element must not be used for subheadings; for
> that purpose, use the <code>hgroup</code> element.</p>
> As you may know changes to the whatwg spec are treated as proposals for
> inclusion in the HTML spec, many are included as they are uncontroversial.
> Some like the above are not, as the WG needs to be made aware and
> discussion needs to take place on the change.
> The second part of the sentence can be replaced with "follow the advice on
> marking up Subheadings, subtitles, alternative titles and taglines [2]"
> but we need to decide if the "must not" requirement on use of <small> is
> an appropriate conformance requirement for HTML?
> [1] http://html5.org/tools/web-apps-tracker?from=7869&to=7870
> [2]
> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/common-idioms.html#sub-head
> --
> Regards
> SteveF
> HTML 5.1 <http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/>
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