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[whatwg] [html5] DI element

From: Anne van Kesteren <fora@annevankesteren.nl>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 10:28:30 +0100
Message-ID: <4232B63E.9040409@annevankesteren.nl>
Dean Edwards wrote:
>> Introducing this element affects the content model of DL. There are 
>> multiple options possible. Either you could permit DI as well. You 
>> could require it, or have a mixed content model where you only allow 
>> the one or the other depending on your needs.
> Couldn't we just allow <li> in <dl> instead? Or have I missed something 
> from a previous thread?

There was no previous thread. I guess allowing LI inside DL would be 
possible. However, the content model of LI would change when it is 
directly inside DL. (In XML Schema you can express such a thing, not 
sure if it is possible using DTDs.)

You would get:


And certainly not


... as LI is defined at the moment for when it is inside UL or OL. 
Having a separate element would avoid the confusion and would probably 
be better for legacy UAs as well. I haven't tested it yet but I assume 
legacy UAs will do something with LI where they will not with DI.

  Anne van Kesteren
Received on Saturday, 12 March 2005 01:28:30 UTC

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