[whatwg] 'Main Part of the Content' Idiom

Daniel Persson danielperssondeluxe at gmail.com
Fri Jun 4 07:27:14 PDT 2010

I am the one posting the question on the help list. To me, the lack of html5
definition of main content, ie body copy in paper publishing, is a big
mistake. Imagine the amount of sites where "everything else" includes a lot
of unimportant extra, or peripheral, content. Content which is not
necessarily hierarchically legible by a machine. Getting authors to be
disciplined about defining main content is more important than being
disciplined about <nav>, <footer>, <header>, <section> etc, in order not to
negate the meaning of html5 structural mark-up.

Suggestion <bodycopy>... or, preferred, <bread>.


On Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 1:55 PM, Smylers <Smylers at stripey.com> wrote:

> The HTML5 spec should define how to mark up the main content on a page
> (even if the answer is "by omission"). This is something that many
> authors ask about, the latest example being today's thread on the help
> mailing list:
> http://lists.whatwg.org/htdig.cgi/help-whatwg.org/2010-June/000561.html
> Please could this be added to the 'idioms' section, perhaps giving
> examples of when <article> or <section> might be appropriate as well as
> one in which the main content is simply that which isn't in <header>,
> <aside>, etc.
> Thanks.
> Smylers
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