Talk:HTML structural elements
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The aside element consists content tangentially related to the content around the element itself, as described by WHATWG. Specifically this can only be understood through analogy of realistic examples. Let's consider touch tablets.
Before naming anyone model, the human mind seeking out knowledge of such device ought to be looking for the Personalized Computing setup available, naturally. This is the primary aspect.
As an electronics device, how reduced is the local processing capability or to which extent will it be interdependent on non-local clouds is "TANGENTIAL"! So are electrical specifications or any such tertiary aspects!
Sidebar is for "human syntactic" information such as navigation viewport on sitemap showing current position amidst neighboring ones! such as the navigation links & search box on left of this content. As for the toolbox, that belongs as an "aside" to my edit operation, like the toolbar above for formatting, it belongs to be stuck or cross-cut without obstructing the content!
Thus, figure 4 mixes up the concept of an aside with "rest of content".
Also, search has advanced on the web so far that users are likelier to expect & desire content in their faces upon landing, & navigation last- so even if a web-page justifies over 2 columns in layout, the sidebar for pages with content in left-to-right language scripts, might rightly be expected in the right-most column.
I didn't outright edit the wiki as my mapping of natural instinct to common sense might be far from mature for drastic action without contribution from more experienced person. In the end, it's just a view, & IMHO will merit discussion.
8th August 2011: first draft uploaded
About the original author
[Chris Mills] authored the first draft.