[whatwg] Why is the legend element not categorized as flow content?

divya manian divya.manian at gmail.com
Mon Mar 29 07:02:33 PDT 2010

On Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 8:40 PM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> In what sense is it listed under phrasing content?

The content model for the legend is stated as phrasing content in the spec [1]

> It's just supposed to be a child of <fieldset>, so it doesn't have any
> category at all.

Thanks, the general rule [2] that is given in the spec seems to
include almost every known HTML4 element as flow content, but then,
legend somehow is not a flow content (even though it fulfills the
General Rule). I am trying to figure out if there is an easy way to
know which elements are flow or not other than referring to the spec
for each element before using.


[1] http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/forms.html#the-legend-element
[2] "should have either at least one descendant text node that is not
inter-element whitespace, or at least one descendant element node that
is embedded content"

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