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[whatwg] Sequential List Proposal

From: Kevin Marks <kevinmarks@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 11:13:48 -0700
Message-ID: <73766b160704111113m3fa0f533h87e1f1db7d064378@mail.gmail.com>
On 4/10/07, Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Kevin Marks wrote:
>
> > I think the <dialog> example is a retrograde step. The
> > <ol><li><cite><q|blockquote> pattern seems much better than redefining
> > <dt> and <dd>, which will confuse XOXO parsers that try to be
> > Postelian. Did I miss some reasoning here?
>
> Fictional dialogs don't involve the excerpt and citation of external
> sources, which is what q/blockquote and cite are properly for. Given the
> HTML4 spec's own use of dt and dd, it's far from clear that any
> redefinition is involved. That isn't to suggest that dt and dd are
> optimal however.

My point is that this is breaking the expected containment of <dt><dd>
in a <dl>- if you want a new structure purely for dialog, define
<speaker> and keep <q>.  I really fail to see why redefining a
definition list as speech is less 'proper' than expanding the context
of <q> slightly.
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