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Bug 13726 - defnitions of DL/DT/DD are too vague
Summary: defnitions of DL/DT/DD are too vague
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HTML a11y Task Force (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC All
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: This bug has no owner yet - up for the taking
QA Contact: This bug has no owner yet - up for the taking
Depends on:
Blocks: 13590
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Reported: 2011-08-10 03:15 UTC by Michael[tm] Smith
Modified: 2016-04-15 11:40 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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Description Michael[tm] Smith 2011-08-10 03:15:15 UTC


The definitions of these elements seem too vague and it appears to be
implied that they are really for use in placement of certain kinds of
text lines in relation to each other.  On their own, without the dfn
element, they are no longer explicitly meant to be used for
"definitions" as such. Since these elements were being used for other
purposes anyway, that seems understandable, however, aside from the
admonition that they are not for use for dialog, no strong case is made
for why they should be used as demonstrated, especially where other
semantic or stylistic elements could serve.  They appear to be meant to
show relationship within a group, but it also appears that that
relationship can be entirely arbitrary.

[split out from bug 13590]
Comment 1 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2011-08-31 23:06:50 UTC
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Status: Did Not Understand Request
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: I don't understand. Could you elaborate?

These elements are just intended to be used for name-value pairs, like glossaries, lists of properties (e.g. technical specifications), and the like. They don't have to be used, if other elements are equally applicable then it's fine to use them instead.
Comment 2 LĂ©onie Watson 2014-06-26 11:26:13 UTC
Moved to HTML A11y TF component.
Comment 3 Charles McCathieNevile 2016-04-15 11:40:25 UTC
moved to github, assigned to Steve