[whatwg] Tendious use cases for <dialog>

Michel Fortin michel.fortin at michelf.com
Wed Apr 4 08:19:21 PDT 2007

Le 2007-04-04 à 8:54, David Walbert a écrit :

> If the time doesn't have to be a separate block-level element, it  
> could be marked up simply as
> <dialog>
> 	<dt>caker (<time>21:57</time>)</dt>
> 	<dd>sweet</dd>

Indeed it could... in this case. Sometime however the time is  
indicated every 5, or 10 minutes to not overload the dialogue with  
time references, in which case associating the time reference with  
the speaker may not be the best thing to do.

For instance, take the much more complicated case of the hansard of  
debates in the Canadian Parliament: here is a link to the oral  
questions of the latest session:


Of semantic importance here, you'll find time markers every 5 minutes  
-- (1115) for 11:15 -- and also language change markers --  
[Translation] or [English] -- indicating if the text following it has  
been translated or not. Note that both of these markers can actually  
appear between two paragraphs with no change of interlocutor, or they  
can appear just above the name of a new interlocutor. I'm not quite  
sure how the markup should accomodate this, but I think the rules  
ought to be flexible enough.

Michel Fortin
michel.fortin at michelf.com

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