[whatwg] Re: About XHTML 2.0

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Sat May 21 06:33:14 PDT 2005

On Sat, 21 May 2005, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> Why doens't SECTION suffice? They are sections separated by decoration. 
> At least, that is how it appeals to me.

They're not really sections. The chapter is the section, these are 
paragraphs together in the same chapter, with a divider between some of 
the paragraphs.

I read a lot of fiction books and when I come across a "* * *" it reads to 
me like a paragraph, saying "Meanwhile, in a different part of the 
universe:"; it doesn't read as "end section. new section:".


To put it another way, sections are things that you can put a title to. 
There's no title you can put to a group of paragraphs separated from other 
groups of paragraphs in the same chapter of a work of fiction, in my 
experience. It's just the same chapter, with the narrative exploring 
different characters or scenes.

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