[whatwg] Use of article to identify the main content of a web page (was Re: A plea to Hixie to adopt <main>)

Ian Yang ian at invigoreight.com
Mon Nov 19 06:38:26 PST 2012

On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 8:40 PM, Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Ian,
> hixies suggestion to use article to act as a main content identifier [3] is
> incorrect, as per the HTML spec [1]
> The article element represents a self-contained composition in a document,
> > page, application, or site and that is, in principle, independently
> > distributable or reusable, e.g. in syndication. This could be a forum
> post,
> > a magazine or newspaper article, a blog entry, a user-submitted comment,
> an
> > interactive widget or gadget, or any other independent item of content.
> >
> The main element as per the main  element spec [2]:
> The main element represents the main content section of the body of a
> > document or application. The main content section consists of content
> that
> > is directly related to or expands upon the central topic of a document or
> > central functionality of an application.
> >
> The article and main roles as defined in ARIA  have distinct
> characteristics and those distinctions are also expressed via  how they
> (and the article element) are exposed via accessibility APIs in browsers.
> [1]
> http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/the-article-element.html#the-article-element
> [2]
> https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/html-extensions/raw-file/tip/maincontent/index.html
> [3]
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-whatwg-archive/2012Nov/0221.html

Thanks Steve for explanation. Could you please suggest an appropriate
element for the wrapper of the content of a blog post?

Ian Yang

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