[whatwg] small element should allow nested elements

Jeremy Keith jeremy at adactio.com
Mon Aug 24 03:00:50 PDT 2009

Hixie wrote:
> Allowing elements to wrap both inlines and blocks is a huge can of  
> worms
> which has caused all kinds of problems for <ins>, <del>, and <a>. I  
> really
> don't want to start adding more elements to this list of complexity.

Fair enough. But in that case, I think perhaps the spec could do with  
a bit of rewording for the <small> element.

The current wording:

> "Small print typically features disclaimers, caveats, legal
> restrictions, or copyrights. Small print is also sometimes used for
> attribution, or for satisfying licensing requirements."

...sounds like an *exact* fit for Remy's use case:

> So I'm making a list of disclaimers for my site:
> <ol>
> <li>You must agree to this term</li>
> <li>And this term too</li>
> <li>And don't break this term</li>
> <li>And don't forget the milk</li>
> </ol>
> <p>By reading this, you're agreeing to xyz</p>

Does anyone have any ideas on a rewording of the definition of the  
<small> element to make it clear that it is only intended for certain  
instances but not others?

Alternatively, does anyone else think the <small> element should be  
capable of wrapping inline and block elements? (raises hand)

Jeremy Keith

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