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Bug 11685 - step 11+16.4: factor out the common steps
Summary: step 11+16.4: factor out the common steps
Alias: None
Product: WHATWG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HTML (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Other other
: P5 normal
Target Milestone: Unsorted
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: contributor
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-01-06 19:37 UTC by contributor
Modified: 2012-07-18 18:41 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description contributor 2011-01-06 19:37:56 UTC

step 11+16.4: factor out the common steps

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Comment 1 Philip J├Ągenstedt 2011-01-06 19:42:09 UTC
These steps are very common and would be simpler to implement if it was immediately clear how much of them are the same, without comparing them word-by-word.

Specifically, I suggest factoring out the steps in 16.4 and reusing them in step 11. If the steps fail, then use <title>. This is slightly different from what's currently in the spec, as a <hgroup> with no h1-h6 elements would then fall back to <title>, rather than resulting in an empty list.
Comment 2 Philip J├Ągenstedt 2011-01-06 19:45:02 UTC
Of course, steps 12-13 and and 16.5-6 should also be factored out.
Comment 3 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2011-02-08 00:14:49 UTC
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: see diff below

Steps 16.4 (the processing article headings) and 11 (the processing of the page heading) are quite distinct  the latter has a default and handles subheadings in <hgroup>. I tried to factor it out just now, but it just ended up taking as much prose, and being harder to read, for the same result.

So I added a note instead, explaining the difference. I hope that helps.

Leaving the bug open so I can look at comment 2, but in the future please only file one issue per bug.
Comment 4 contributor 2011-02-08 00:15:00 UTC
Checked in as WHATWG revision r5843.
Check-in comment: try to help implementors who may wonder whether these requirements are duplicates