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Re: <HR>

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 16:49:05 -0000
Message-ID: <014b01c0a7ef$da82c740$10ed93c3@z5n9x1>
To: "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@w3.org>, <jon@spinsol.com>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
[I've been wondering about this for ages now]

> <hr> has a semantic meaning -

My current thinking is that sometimes, <hr /> represents "new
context". A horizontal rule is a separator between two less related
parts of a document, hence the big horizontal rule in the way. It is
unfortunate that it is called "hr", for "nc - or newcontext" would
have been much better, but there you are.

If you use it as a newcontext marker, you should set some kind of
aural property as well:-

     hr { pause-before: 2s; }

To show that it marks up a new context, or even play some kind of

I still don't often use "<hr />" preferring instead to use <div
class="newcontext"> or <div class="islandcontext"> or whatever,
because I'm a purist and I still see <hr /> as being defined [1] in
HTML 4.01 [2] as a horizontal rule across the page, rather than a
semantic element indicating a change in context.

<hr /> is not included in XHTML Basic, and as part of the
presentational module of XHTML m12n, I consider it to be deprecated.

[1] "The HR element causes a horizontal rule to be rendered by visual
user agents."
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/html401

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
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