[whatwg] Is <main> now an official HTML5 element?

Steve Faulkner faulkner.steve at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 23:24:42 PST 2013

Silvia wrote:

> Even if the specs differ, in the end what matters is what browsers
> implement.

Partially agree, it matters what conformance checkers implement and in the
case of <main>.
the major HTML conformance checker will implement the conformance rules in
the W3C HTML spec.
This will leave the WHATWG spec not matching reality.

It should also be noted that as implemented in browsers <main> is
implemented as per the W3C spec i.e.
<main> is mapped to role=main and because of this <main> is interpreted by
AT as a main landmark already.
This leaves the WHATWG spec not matching reality.

Beyond the priorities and domain of the browser vendors is the conformance
requirements and advice the HTML spec provides
to authors which can directly impact the experience for users. So I suggest
non browser differences matter very much.


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