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Re: Request for ::di pseudoelement

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 18:58:35 -0800
Message-ID: <4B3035DB.4010506@inkedblade.net>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
CC: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> Well, I find myself once again ripping out a <dl> and replacing it
> with a <ul> with headers in the <li>s, because there's no grouping
> element around <dt>s and <dd>s.  There's a perennial request for a
> <di> element, but that's not really the correct place to solve the
> problem - HTML has no need for any additional help in grouping the
> dt/dd elements, as the grouping is well-defined in the spec.  This is
> purely a styling issue, and a common one for me.

I consider this a markup issue, not a styling one. I should be able
to assign classes and IDs to a definition group, shift it around in
the DOM without juggling multiple elements, target it with a URL
fragment, and, yes, style it as an element and key off other styling
from that structure. The fact that I can programmatically determine
where the <di> tags should go doesn't mean the element isn't lacking.

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