[whatwg] 'Main Part of the Content' Idiom

Ashley Sheridan ash at ashleysheridan.co.uk
Fri Jun 4 07:37:11 PDT 2010

On Fri, 2010-06-04 at 16:27 +0200, Daniel Persson wrote:

> 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>.
> /Daniel
> 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
>         --
>         http://twitter.com/Smylers2

It's my understanding that everything within the <body> tag is
considered body content, and the new <header> and <footer> tags, etc,
are just there to give more meaning about the type of body content.


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