[whatwg] INS and DEL in lists

Tab Atkins Jr. jackalmage at gmail.com
Fri Mar 28 11:29:11 PDT 2008

On Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 12:07 PM, Krzysztof Żelechowski <
giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl> wrote:

> Dnia 28-03-2008, Pt o godzinie 09:12 -0500, Tab Atkins Jr. pisze:
> > >And the original problem can be solved using CSS2;
> > >I only wanted to bring a similar example:
> > >HTML poorly supports interleaving unrelated markup streams.
> > Please, elaborate.  The reason this is a problem is because it *can't*
> > be well-solved with CSS.
> How about <LI CLASS="DEL" >?
Conveys no semantics, unfortunately.  Non-css browsers will have no way of
knowing that this is a deleted item.  That's the whole point of having a
<del> element in the first place.

> >
> > On the other hand, mixing together lists and tables doesn't seem to
> > have any good semantic interpretation.
> How about bilingual lists that have to be aligned in two columns?
> > The reason I objected to that example was because you'd pretty much
> > just be jacking the *display* of <ol> for your own purposes, without
> > regard to the semantics.  If you just want something numbered without
> > giving it proper list semantics, hand-number it or use generated
> > content.
> On the other hand, once I have a list, I can put it into a table cell.
> Then I translate the list into the neighbouring cell
> and I realise that the translations do not align.
> According to your recipe,
> I have to convert the original list structure to something else,
> something that older browsers do not support well.
> I feel frustrated about that.
Ah, so in *this* case you're actually hijacking the *table* display while
ignoring semantics.   You could just use a table to display it (I think the
semantics would probably be okay).  If you want the list semantics
specifically, use a *single* list and wrap each translation in a container
that you can then give a defined width so that they stack next to each
other.  That's just the first thing that came to mind.
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