[whatwg] Lists, <ins>/<del>, and <a>

Lachlan Hunt lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au
Wed Aug 30 21:27:57 PDT 2006

Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> we could introduce the edit and datetime attributes from the XHTML 
> 2.0 draft's Edit Attributes Module [1].

I just realised that the datetime attribute from the Edit module would 
clash with the proposed datetime attribute of the <t> element [1].

e.g. What would the datetime attribute mean in this?

<t edit="inserted" datetime="2006-08-31">31 Aug 2006</t>

It could either mean that the markup was inserted on 2006-08-31 or that 
the content is a date equivalent to 2006-08-31.

A possible solution could be to keep edit and datetime attributes for 
editing and rename the datetime attribute for the <t> element to 
something else (e.g. dt)

e.g. <t dt="2006-08-31">31 Aug 2006</t>
<t dt="2006-08-31" edit="inserted" datetime="2006-09-01T12:30Z">31 Aug 

The problem with that is that authors may get confused and use datetime 
instead of dt, or vice versa.

Alternatively, we could use the title attribute instead.
e.g. <t title="2006-08-31">31 Aug 2006</t>

That has the advantage of actually making the ISO date accessible to 
users using the existing tooltip mechansim and is similar to the current 
abuse of the <abbr> element for the datetime microformat [2].

[1] http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#the-t
[2] http://microformats.org/wiki/datetime-design-pattern

Lachlan Hunt

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