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[whatwg] Interpretation issue: can <section> be used for "extended paragraphs"?

From: Andy Mabbett <andy@pigsonthewing.org.uk>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 15:22:50 +0100
Message-ID: <BANLkTikE2+__L=aXdr=NQFXcGkXeD3H3dg@mail.gmail.com>
On 14 June 2011 08:32, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Mar 2011, Jukka K. Korpela wrote:

>> Under these circumstances, what should we say to people to need to use
>> paragraphs that contain lists, for example?
> That paragraphs don't contain lists; when a sentence has
> ?* this
> ?* structure,
> ...it is in fact two paragraphs and a bullet list.

I think that's an opinion, not a fact.

> Indeed, but "block of text" is pretty much what a paragraph is -- it isn't
> a logical construct.


The Oxford English Dictionary would seem to disagree with you:

      A distinct passage or section of a text, usually composed
      of several sentences, dealing with a particular point, a short
      episode in a narrative, a single piece of direct speech, etc.

> It's quite possible, if rare, for a sentence to span
> paragraphs even without lists being involved... Take, for instance, the
> first...
> ...no, the second...
> ...no, the third, of these blocks of text. That sentence spans three
> paragraphs.

My view is that that's one paragraph, with line breaks.


       I like apples, pears, grapes, but not bananas. Nor do I like peaches.


       I like

          * apples
          * pears
          * grapes

      but not bananas. Nor do I like peaches.

The difference between those two is presentational, not semantic. Each
is a single paragraph.

Andy Mabbett
Received on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 07:22:50 UTC

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