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Re: separator abuse

From: Mikko Rantalainen <mikko.rantalainen@peda.net>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 15:13:27 +0300
Message-ID: <429C54E7.6040508@peda.net>
To: www-html@w3.org

Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> Mikko Rantalainen wrote:
>>I consider <group> to be too generic to be used to group paragraphs with 
>>the same context. I'd settle with using just <group>  between <section> 
>>and <p> but I think <div> isn't a good enough choice.
> Why not <div> or <section> with an appropriate role attribute to provide 
> its semantics?

I'm afraid that <div> or <section> with some generic role attribute 
has too little semantics to transfer the same meaning as the empty 
<separator> element this contruct is trying to replace.

Default presentation must be able to render some kind of 
separational mark (be it a line or a bunch of stars or a pause in 
aural presentation) between different parts. If there's some 
formative meaning for <div role="part"> I don't see a reason not to 
use a new element for that. On the contrary, I feel that <part> 
expresses the intent better than <div role="part"> or some similar 
construct. If you or somebody else provides enough evidence I might 
change my mind, though.

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