[whatwg] Thoughts on HTML 5

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Jul 30 17:54:24 PDT 2008

On Sat, 1 Mar 2008, Nicholas C. Zakas wrote:
> As there is also another thread going on about <section/>, I don't want 
> to repeat all of my comments here, but suffice to say that I don't see 
> why I'd ever use <section/> when I get implicit sections by using <hn/> 
> elements. Writers are used to headings indicating sections, and don't 
> really think of a section as anything on its own. I can understand the 
> use of <article/> as semantically indicating that the area contains 
> information rather than markup, but I think <section/> is overkill.

I think it won't be used by everyone, but some people have indicated a 
clear desire to not have to worry about the numbering of headers.

> I understand your reasoning for the <aside/> element, perhaps this is 
> another element that is suffering from the wrong name. Most of web 
> developers have no idea what an aside is let alone when to use one. I 
> know that <acronym/> was removed because it confused web developers. 
> Given that this is the same audience, the ones who couldn't figure out 
> the difference between an acronym and an abbreviation, do you really 
> think that <aside/> will get used? Perhaps it would better be named 
> <callout/>?

<sidebar> might be ok, but I wanted to avoid being too specific about the 
presentation in the name.

(<acronym> was removed because it's redundant with <abbr>.)

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