[whatwg] article/section/details naming/definition problems

Hi all,

The IRC conversation that Jeremy Keith[1] highlighted was really useful.
>From there, this is my understanding of the differences between <section>
and <article>, forgive me if I am not rigorous in my usage of English:

1. section to "cut" or "section" different parts of the layout of the

2. article is used for each similar content, each blog post in a set of (1
or more) blog posts, each user member avatar in a set of user member
avatars, each product in a set of products.

3. articles always occur within a section except in rare occasions when
there is nothing else other than the specific article on the page as

The usecase that leaps to me is:

<div class="maincolumn">
<div class="item">
News entry 1
<div class="item">
News entry 2

<section class="maincolumn">
News entry 1
News entry 2

I often use <div class="item"> to mark up the smallest large unit of content
that is repeatable and my understanding is that <article> would be a good
replacement of that.

If that is the case, we can use <article> to mark up each comment, or each
blog post. But I think <article> is quite a newsroom lingo which might not
be appropriate for marking up a product or a user member avatar.
Would this be a good description of <article> and <section>?

Apologies if this seems like noise.


[1] http://krijnhoetmer.nl/irc-logs/whatwg/20090916


Received on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 08:24:43 UTC