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Bug 7509 - Consider <dl type="dialog"> instead of <dialog>
Summary: Consider <dl type="dialog"> instead of <dialog>
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: pre-LC1 HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson) (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All All
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: LC
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Keywords: NE, NoReply
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-09-06 22:47 UTC by Leif Halvard Silli
Modified: 2010-10-04 14:46 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description Leif Halvard Silli 2009-09-06 22:47:19 UTC
Some argument for choosing <dl dialog> or <dl type="dialog"> instead of <dialog>:

(1) Breakability:

[Relates to In IE, Firefox, Opera and Webkit ]

When used inside <dl> it is OK to not close <dt> and <dd>. But inside a new element, such as <dialog>, legacy (aka current) user agents will make the first element after </dialog> in the following example a child of the preceding <dd>:


Same goes for the following example, except that it becomes a child of the unclosed <p>

    <dialog><dt>Name<dd>Word <p>Paragraph.</dialog>

(2) Bug 7508: There is no reason to have different rules for where <dt> is permitted when used inside <dialog> and when used inside <dl>.

(3) HIstory: HTML 4 reccommeds dialogs inside <dl>

(4) Future: As HTML developes, one might want to use <dl> for other types of lists as well - an attribute solution sets a precedence for such extensions.
Comment 2 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2009-09-15 11:05:32 UTC
I nuked <dialog> altogether, per bug 7548.
Comment 3 Maciej Stachowiak 2010-03-14 14:50:43 UTC
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