[whatwg] <CENTER>, <MENU>, <DIR>, <NL>

Anne van Kesteren fora at annevankesteren.nl
Sun Jan 15 06:18:46 PST 2006

Quoting "Eugene T.S. Wong" <lists.eugenetswong at gmail.com>:
> I'd like to recommend that the WHATWG bring back <CENTER> because it  
> provides an excellent way of saying "this is a centered <DIV>". <DIV> 
> is  no more semantic that <I>, <B>, or <CENTER>, yet they have their 
> uses.

I couldn't find any reference to a <div> element in HTML5 except in some non
normative examples...

> I believe that they are useful for visual user agents, in that we 
> don't  have to provide a class name for simple uses. Generally 
> speaking, <CENTER>  should be used sparingly, if at all, but it 
> should be used. <CENTER> could  be used for resume headings and 
> various other types of text, like peotry.

What would its semantics be as opposed to <div>? Do you have a concrete 
as how <center> would work?

> I'd like to recommend that the WHATWG bring back <MENU> & <DIR>,


I have not seen <dir> and I'm unsure what it could be used for...

> I'd like to recommend that the WHATWG standardize <NL>. I suggest 
> this  because <NL> is shorter than <NAV> and because <NL> is 
> consistent with  XHTML. As I typed the previous sentence, I noticed 
> that <NL> is much  easier to type with 1 hand, than <NAV>.

I could not find <NL> (or <nl>) in any XHTML recommendation. I also never
encountered it anywhere as actually being used, only in some examples taken
from the XHTML 2.0 draft...

Anne van Kesteren

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