Use of word "section" in HTML5 documentation

RESOLVED FIXED

Status

defect
P5
normal
RESOLVED FIXED
6 years ago
4 years ago

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(Reporter: gmhring, Assigned: teoli)

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(Whiteboard: c=HTML u=webdev p=0, )

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Description

6 years ago
:: Developer Documentation Request

      Request Type: Correction
     Gecko Version: unspecified
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:: Details

Ref title "Sections outside the outline" bullets #3 and #4
(Disclaimer: I'm new to HTML. So I might be missing nuance of language.)

The language on MDN (the use of the various uses/variation of the word section) is a little confusing (even in the W3 spec!)

If I am understanding the W3 specs correctly, the tags <header> and <footer> are not technically "sectioning" elements. 

References:
HTML5 specs 
http://www.w3.org/TR/2012/CR-html5-20121217/sections.html
http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/sections.html

Definition of "sectioning content":
http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/dom.html#sectioning-content-0
(In reply to gmhring from comment #0)

> Ref title "Sections outside the outline" bullets #3 and #4
> (Disclaimer: I'm new to HTML. So I might be missing nuance of language.)
> 
> The language on MDN (the use of the various uses/variation of the word
> section) is a little confusing (even in the W3 spec!)
> 
> If I am understanding the W3 specs correctly, the tags <header> and <footer>
> are not technically "sectioning" elements. 

That is correct, <header> and <footer> are not sectioning content and they don't influence the outline of the document at all. I've updated the page to hopefully clear up some of the confusion surrounding that.
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Updated

4 years ago
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 4 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
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