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[whatwg] confusion between article and summary; editorial change suggestion

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 00:32:54 +0000 (UTC)
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1007290032060.7470@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Wed, 14 Apr 2010, Bruce Lawson wrote:
>
> The definition for article says "The article element represents a
> self-contained composition in a document, page, application, or site and that
> is intended to be independently distributable or reusable, e.g. in
> syndication."
> 
> This suggests that if you have a self-contained composition that you do not
> intend to be distributable via syndication, you shouldn't use <article>.
> 
> Section says "Authors are encouraged to use the article element instead of the
> section element when it would make sense to syndicate the contents of the
> element" - here, the intent of syndication is diluted into "it would make
> sense to syndicate the content".
> 
> I suggest that article be amended to say something similar, eg "The 
> article element represents a self-contained composition in a document, 
> page, application, or site which would make sense if independently 
> distributed or reused, e.g. in syndication." so that the two mentions of 
> <article> match, especially given that Jeremy Keith has reported 
> confusion between article and summary.

I've tried diluting the original statement without removing the meaning. 
Please let me know if it's still problematic.

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