[whatwg] Figure Captions

tjeddo tjeddo at gmail.com
Sun Sep 27 09:13:11 PDT 2009

Would anyone mind summarizing the design rationale for choosing the 'dt'
element as opposed to a 'caption' element when specifying the caption of a

Looking through the current draft of the HTML5 spec it appears that the
surrounding context of 'dt' element determines how the contents of 'dt' are
interpreted (e.g., dl, figure, details).
However, from a readability, and I guess aesthetic perspective, a <caption>
tag seems like the correct fit here.  A <caption> tag is more explicit in
terms of the intended semantics associated with a figure; whereas, <dt>
(defined term?) is more abstract (IMO).

Thank you.
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