jcraig at apple.com
Wed Nov 26 15:40:04 PST 2008
Ian Hickson wrote:
> Cool, thanks. I wouldn't mind changing the HTML5 element's name, but
> had a discussion at one point where we considered something like two
> names and frankly <dialog> was the best one of the lot.
> We may at some point need to add a dialog box or model window
> concept of
> some kind to HTML, though, so if there is a better name for one or the
> other of these concepts it would be good to know now so that
> <dialog> can
> be renamed if necessary.
Do you remember the other names? Did you consider 'transcript'?
To avoid bloat and since 'dl' was originally intended for any paired
list, including dialogs, perhaps it should be left as a simple
'dl', and differentiate the type of list by an attribute, such as
'role' or 'type':
1. From the HTML 4.01 spec: http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/lists.html#h-10.3
"Another application of DL, for example, is for marking up dialogues,
with each DT naming a speaker, and each DD containing his or her words."
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