[whatwg] lede element

On Oct 2, 2007, at 7:02 AM, Devi Web Development wrote:
> ...
> Usage Case:
> <h1>Burmese monks 'to be sent away'</h1>
> <p><lede>Thousands of monks detained in Burma's main city of Rangoon 
> will be sent to prisons in the far north of the country, sources have 
> told the BBC.</lede> About 4,000 monks have been rounded up in the 
> past week as the military government has tried to stamp out 
> pro-democracy protests. They are being held at a disused race course 
> and a technical college. Sources from a government-sponsored militia 
> said they would soon be moved away from Rangoon...

In that example from BBC News, the paragraph is actually four 
paragraphs. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7022437.stm> BBC 
News always puts a <B> element around the first paragraph of a story. 
But they also bolden the second paragraph, if it's explaining the 
source of the story: <B>...<P>...</B>. 

So to satisfy the use case of the BBC, <lede> would need to be a block 
element. I haven't found any examples where it would be an inline 

My local newspaper uses a similar pattern: <p><strong>...</strong></p>.
(To future readers: this link probably will have died in a few months.)

Same with ZDNet News, who forget the <p> tags entirely: <b>...</b>.

Except where BBC News boldens the second paragraph, these examples 
could all be satisfied by CSS to select the first paragraph inside the 
article container. I doubt any news site would deliberately make the 
lede a paragraph other than the first one ("burying the lede") *and* 
want it specially formatted.

Matthew Paul Thomas

Received on Tuesday, 2 October 2007 20:42:17 UTC