[whatwg] 'Main Part of the Content' Idiom

Roger Hågensen rescator at emsai.net
Fri Jun 4 12:58:24 PDT 2010

On 2010-06-04 18:39, Daniel Persson wrote:
> I am not advocating ad-tags. The idea of globally structuring content 
> on the web is very appealing, it would make it easier for a lot of 
> things and a lot of people. Let's do it!
> ...but I can't see it happening where <body> would be main content + 
> ads + anything there is not a sensible tag for + anything a 
> lazy/stressed/unconscious author didn't tag otherwise. Let's just have 
> a main content tag or a strong main content strategy.

Hmm! It is a valid point actually.
Oh and here is some food for though. This works in all latest browsers. 
Opera and Firefox have same behavior, while Chrome is a tad different, 
and as IE is unable to style unknown tags sadly.

<!doctype html>
   aside {border:1px solid #bf0000;white-space:nowrap;}
  Just testing aside outside body!
   Main part of article.

As you can see the aside is outside the body, all latest browsers seem 
to handle this pretty fine.
http://validator.w3.org/ on the other hand gives the error " /Line 12, 
Column 6/: body start tag found but the body element is already open.| 

Now, either that is a bug in the validator, or the body is automatic.
And sure enough, removing the <body> and </body> tags the document 
validates, and none of the browsers behave differently at all.
Is the body tag optional or could even be redundant in HTML5 ?

I don't mind really, as currently I only use body to put all the "other" 
tags inside, so not having to use the body tag at all would be welcome,
though I suspect a lot of legacy things rely on the body tag.

Roger "Rescator" Hågensen.
Freelancer - http://EmSai.net/

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