[whatwg] The <dialog> element and related topics

Simon Pieters simonp at opera.com
Wed May 7 02:37:50 PDT 2008

On Wed, 07 May 2008 09:37:43 +0200, fantasai  
<fantasai.lists at inkedblade.net> wrote:

>> I don't think <conversation> or <transcript> or <discussion> are better  
>> than <dialog>. I agree that "dialog" is a suboptimal name, though.
>>  On Fri, 29 Feb 2008, Nicholas C. Zakas wrote:
>>> >
>>> > As discussed earlier this week, the <dialog/> element is confusing  
>>> in > that the term "dialog" in software engineering typically means  
>>> "dialog > window". I first thought the element was a way to indicate  
>>> that a part > of the page was used as a dialog rather than part of the  
>>> normal content > flow. ...
> You could use <dialogue> instead of <dialog>. "Dialog" is an alternate  
> spelling
> of "dialogue" in common English, but IIRC "dialogue" is never used for  
> dialog
> boxes. I'm sure mpt can correct me if I'm wrong...

Also see http://forums.whatwg.org/viewtopic.php?t=24 for discussion about  
<dialog> vs <dialogue>.

Simon Pieters
Opera Software

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