[html5] Using <section> and <h1> … Theoretical?

Micky Hulse mickyhulse.lists at gmail.com
Fri May 9 11:27:25 PDT 2014

This comment is interesting (and echos what I'm hearing from the list
members here):


"The HTML5 Document Outline is supported by no browsers and should
just be ignored. One of the HTML5 editors has called it a “dangerous
fiction” (http://blog.paciellogroup.com/2013/10/html5-document-outline/),
it imparts no SEO benefits (at least none that anybody can cite), and
the W3C is changing the language about using multiple H1s as a result
of all the recent misunderstandings

Coincidentally, it looks like that last link points to a Steve
Faulkner post on the W3 list.

Ok, so, W3C is changing the language, but what is WHATWG doing (or,
have plans to do)?

Looking at this example:


Clearly, in that example, the <h1> is used in the same way that I
craft HTML5 documents.

In this example:


Multiple approaches work … The third code example in that section uses
the "<h1> approach", and states:

"This third example is also semantically identical, and might be
easier to maintain (e.g. if sections are often moved around in

Having "easier to maintain" HTML is one reason why I prefer the "<h1> approach".

It's days like this that make me glad I have other skills outside of
web development. :D


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