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RE: definition list technique h48

From: Adam Solomon <adam.solomon2@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2011 18:51:48 +0300
To: "'Sailesh Panchang'" <spanchang02@yahoo.com>, "'WCAG'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <4e1c6d99.41d0e30a.6288.ffffcab3@mx.google.com>
Thanks for the response. 
I agree that a table would do nicely. Unfortunately, there are times when a
table cannot be used, such as in a case where all the data are presented
horizontally. In this case, would you agree that dl is necessary (as opposed
to no special markup with css styling)? The reason I think we should add an
example is because it is rare for sites to markup this kind of list in any
form other than spans, which in my opinion reduces semantic understanding. 

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Sailesh Panchang
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 5:26 PM
Subject: Re: definition list technique h48

This content exposes  a data relationship of the type LABEL: DATA ... that's
how I describe it. Often the label part is styled distinctly. Sure one may
use DL-DT-DD list to mark it up. Another option is to use a 2-column data
table and mark up cells in first column as TH. I think both methods
represent the relationship fairly... of course one may use CSS as needed to
style the content.
Surely an example can be added to the technique but its absence should not
prevent one from using the markup.
Sailesh Panchang

 --- On Tue, 7/12/11, adam solomon <adam.solomon2@gmail.com> wrote:

From: adam solomon <adam.solomon2@gmail.com>
Subject: definition list technique h48
To: "WCAG" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, "Loretta Guarino Reid"
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 7:02 AM

I would like to propose that sufficient technique h48 be amended. I would
like another example for definition list. A pertinent example would be a
list of data for a particular school such as:
Name: Grant High School

Principal: Hugh Grant
School Number: 456789
Tel: 01-123-4567
Fax: 01-234-5678

This is a typical list of pairs for which, I believe, a definition list is
the sole appropriate candidate to reflect the semantics of such a list. I
realize there has been some debate as to how far a dl can be taken, but I
think the above example is accepted by most opinions. Furthermore, it
fulfills an important function, as there is no other relevant markup for
lists of pairs.

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