[whatwg] A plea to Hixie to adopt <main>

Eitan Adler lists at eitanadler.com
Thu Nov 15 17:21:03 PST 2012

On 15 November 2012 19:20, Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 1:45 AM, Tim Leverett <zzzzbov at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >> Con: Adding a <main> element adds redundancy to the [role="main"]
>> attribute.
>> > I don't see why this is a con, if main is mapped to role=main in the
>> browser it means that authors won't have to. Also adding
>> aside/article/footer etc adds redundancy to the matching ARIA roles.
>> Redundancy tends to be a source of error if they get out of sync. If one
>> browser supports [role="main"] and another supports <main>, both would be
>> needed to provide compatibility. Obviously this is a bit contrived, as
>> browsers supporting <main> would likely also support [role="main"], but
>> older versions would not support <main> . Going forward, this would mean
>> that authors wanting to use <main> would have to use <main role="main"> for
>> backwards compatibility.
> Actually, there's a good point: I would actually add this: if <main> or an
> element with @role="main" exist on the page, there is no need to run the
> Scooby-Doo algorithm and that element can just be chosen as the <main>
> element.

What if both exist but are different elements?

Eitan Adler

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