[whatwg] editorial ambiguity in definition of <nav>?

Bruce Lawson brucel at opera.com
Thu Jun 18 03:24:17 PDT 2009

Spec says

"The nav element represents a section of a page that links to other pages  
or to parts within the page: a section with navigation links. Not all  
groups of links on a page need to be in a nav element — only sections that  
consist of primary navigation blocks are appropriate for the nav element."  

"Primary navigation blocks" is ambiguous, imo. A page may have two nav  
blocks; the first is site-wide naviagtion ("primary navigation") and  
within-page links, eg a table of contents which many would term "secondary  

Because of the use of the phrase "primary navigation block" in the spec, a  
developer may think that her secondary nav should not use a <nav> element.

Suggest rewording along the lines of "only sections that consist of blocks  
whose primary purpose is navigation around the page or within the site are  
appropriate for the nav element, so - for example - lists of links to  
sponsors/ advertisers would not be marked up as nav elements."

Hang loose and stay groovy,

Bruce Lawson
Web Evangelist
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www.brucelawson.co.uk (personal)

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