[whatwg] [WA1] <ol type=a> is semantic

James Graham jg307 at cam.ac.uk
Wed Oct 12 09:26:02 PDT 2005

Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Oct 2005, James Graham wrote:
>><p>The correct answer is <ref target="#correct" />) All of the above</p>
>>Getting a decent backwards compatibility story seems, uh, non-trivial at 
>>the least. Of course this is true of CSS3 generated content as well but 
>>that doesn't seem to bother people so much...
> I like your idea. I don't know that there realy is a back-compat problem, 
> we could just say that it accepts text content, so you could write:
>    <p>The correct answer is <ref target="#correct">f</ref> All of the 
>    above</p>
> ...until such time as enough browsers support <ref> that you don't worry 
> anymore; since the answer number is (at least in this case) just 
> additional information (the answer is given right there too) it isn't a 
> huge problem if it is lost.

Yeah, I suppose that would be good enough.

> BTW I'd be tempted to suggest that the attribute on <ref> be for="" and 
 > for consistency with <label for=""> and <output for=""> -- what do
 > you think?

Well it sounds a bit odd - I think the refernce is the other way around 
to <label> - <ref to=""> is less backwards sounding. But I guess it's 
basically consistent with <output>. Either is better than target though.

> that it take an IDREF rather than a URI, to avoid any chance that people 
> might try to refer to things in other documents and expect it to work

Yes, for sure.

"It seems to be a constant throughout history: In every period, people 
believed things that were just ridiculous, and believed them so strongly 
that you would have gotten in terrible trouble for saying otherwise."

-- http://www.paulgraham.com/say.html

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