[whatwg] small element should allow nested elements

Bruce Lawson brucel at opera.com
Sun Aug 9 06:26:03 PDT 2009

On Fri, 07 Aug 2009 14:19:23 +0100, Remy Sharp <remy at leftlogic.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I know Bruce Lawson has mentioned that this has been brought up before,  
> but I couldn't find it in the archives (searching "small"), so I'd like  
> to bring it up again.

I suggested it in the w3c list, not this one. Link:

> When I wrap *everything* in the small element (as seen here:  
> http://jsbin.com/okevo  ) all the browsers I've tested it in renders the  
> text as I would expect, but it doesn't validate against the HTML 5  
> parsing rules (as you'd expect).
> Here's the list of the compatible browsers (I could have done more  
> browsers, but I think this test with 10 proves the support is solid):
> http://leftlogic.litmusapp.com/pub/a5fa8ed

Previously we got on a bit of a navelgaze about what constitutes legalese/  
disclaimers and whether any sites actually use it. But given that browsers  
currently allow <small> to go round block level elements,  I agree with  
Remy that we should document the current state of browsers and allow the  
element to be both "inline" and "block", like <a>, <ins> and <del>.


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