[whatwg] details == footnote ?

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Aug 3 23:41:29 PDT 2007

On Tue, 24 Apr 2007, Elliotte Harold wrote:
> Is the details element a generalization of footnotes/endnotes? For 
> instance would it be appropriate to render a details element as a 
> footnote or endnote? Would it be appropriate to encode a footnote or 
> endnote as a details element in which the footnote marker was the 
> legend?

On Wed, 25 Apr 2007, Henri Sivonen wrote:
> My understanding is that its purpose is to mark up parts of application 
> UI that are behind a disclosure triangle.
> Footnotes, on the other hand, are visible by default.

Henri's understanding is what I originally intended. Is there something in 
the spec that suggests otherwise? Should I explicitly say that footnotes 
and endnotes shouldn't be marked up using <details>?

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