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[whatwg] HTML 5: The l (line) element

From: Smylers <Smylers@stripey.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 14:51:52 +0100
Message-ID: <20080423135152.GE15482@stripey.com>
Christoph P?per writes:

> Ian Hickson schrieb:
>
> > On Wed, 23 Apr 2008, Christoph P?per wrote:
> > 
> > > there are probably worse compatibility issues with older specs and
> > > browsers than extra blank lines.
> >
> > Hopefully not in HTML5. :-)
> 
> Isn't wrong numbering worse?
> 
>                      HTML4 UA       HTML5 UA
>   <ol reversed>
>     <li>Third        1. Third       3. Third
>     <li>Second       2. Second      2. Second
>     <li>First        3. First       1. First
>   </ol>

That _would_ be a worse example of this if there are existing pages
which have <ol reversed> and which are relying on it doing absolutely
nothing.  Do you know of any such pages?

Note there is a difference between:

* Existing content + HTML 5 browser -- an existing page (possibly
  written years ago, possibly unmaintained) displays consistently in
  existing browsers, but a browser following HTML 5 would display it
  differently.

* Existing browser + HTML 5 content -- HTML 5 introduces a new feature,
  not implemented in current browsers.  An HTML-5-aware author can
  choose to use this or not; he'd probably want to take into account his
  audience and whether there are any work-arounds for older browsers
  (such as JavaScript which spots 'reversed' attributes and re-orders
  <li>s accordingly).

Smylers
Received on Wednesday, 23 April 2008 06:51:52 UTC

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