[whatwg] details == footnote ?

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Aug 22 00:03:26 PDT 2008

On Wed, 8 Aug 2007, Elliotte Harold wrote:
> Here's what I would ask: irrespective of presentation issues like when 
> and where the notes appear on the page, what is the meaning of a details 
> element and what is the meaning of a hypothetical footnote element? Are 
> they significantly different?

<details> is a UI widget (a "disclosure triangle"). They show a summary of 
information or widgets that can be expanded to show more details or 
provide a greater array of controls.

title="" is for short annotations.

Paragraphs intended to annotate phrases or words (i.e. "footnotes") that 
are longer than title="" would handle comfortably are subsections that are 
related to others. For these it seems that inline links to other parts of 
the document are most appropriate.

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