[html5] <article> for ecommerce product?

Dominic Morgan dom at d3r.com
Wed Jul 20 02:17:48 PDT 2011


I notice that the examples in the spec for <article> are very much focussed
around blogs, news, discussion etc. Even the tag name leans towards this.
However, a large part of the web is dedicated to ecommerce, and it seems to
be a little neglected in terms of discussions of semantics.

My question is about how I should be marking up a product or list of
products in HTML5.

>From the spec:

> The article element represents a self-contained composition in a document,
page, application, or site and that is, in principle, independently
distributable or reusable, e.g. in syndication.

To me, this seems to describe a saleable product fairly well. They make
sense as an independent object and are certainly used in syndication. Am I
missing the point here somehow? I can find no mention of the article tag
being used like this (or indeed, what should be used for products).

Any help on this would be much appreciated.



P.S.: I know about microformats/data. This is a question specifically about
which HTML5 markup I should be using, not generally about products on the
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