[whatwg] The div element

Geoff Pack pack.geoff at abc.net.au
Wed Feb 27 17:38:41 PST 2008

Why does the HTML5 spec say "The div element represents nothing at all" ?

Div clearly stands for 'division', as was specified in the HTML 3.2 spec:
"DIV elements can be used to structure HTML documents as a hierarchy of
divisions." [http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html32#div]

So what gives - why is everyone so keen to claim that 'div' is meaningless?
And why so keen on 'section', which is pretty much synonymous in this


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