[whatwg] [html5] Use cases for DI element
ian at hixie.ch
Tue Nov 6 10:36:21 PST 2007
On Tue, 26 Apr 2005, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> As use cases were requested for the DI element:
> 1. Identifying a definition group.
> 2. Editing a definition group
> When you have a list of items:
> <dd>programmar's slang
> <dd>Internet languages
> ... there is no simple way to identify a definition group.
You'd still have to identify them in the "complicated" manner to take
<di>-lacking content and wrap <di>s around them.
> One way would be to give the first DT element an ID attribute but than
> the definition for ID would have to be changed. Also, when later through
> contentEditable a new DT element is inserted above the DT element with
> an ID attribute the ID attribute would have to be moved.
> (It is useful to have an ID attribute for FAQs, et cetera where you want
> to link to the answers.)
Sure, but then the same applies to linking to a paragraph and placing
another related paragraph before it, or linking to a subsection and adding
a subsection before it.
> It also makes editing of a definition group easier. Say users may edit a
> single group, you do:
> <dl contentEditable="false">
> <dt contentEditable="true">HTML
> <dt contentEditable="true">CSS
> <dd contentEditable="true">Internet languages
> ... however, now you can't insert new definitions like "XML" or new
> descriptions. Using the opposite does enable that (setting
> contentEditable to true for the DL element and setting it to false for
> all elements that shouldn't be editable) but it creates another problem
> namely that people can insert new definitions.
I agree, but we already have this problem again in general for this, e.g.
you want to be able to add elements to <ol> but only edit a particular
part of am <li> or something like that.
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