[whatwg] small element should allow nested elements

Chris Cressman chris at chriscressman.com
Mon Aug 24 10:31:14 PDT 2009

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

I agree that allowing <small> to wrap inlines and blocks addresses
Remy's use case directly and would allow authors to create other
useful patterns for small print. Personally, I would like to see this
change in the spec. I admit though, I am ignorant of the issues this
has caused for the other elements Ian mentioned.

I see that the content model of <address> has been redefined in HTML 5
to allow block elements. I'd like to see a similar change for <small>,
but I ultimately defer to Ian to weigh the benefits against the cost
in added complexity.

I think changing the content model of <small> is more appropriate than
changing its description. If the content model does not change, the
description should not change either (since the description and
content model work together to explain the appropriate use of the

Chris Cressman

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