[uf-discuss] Re: dfn design pattern (proposal)
hober0 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 21 09:34:13 PDT 2007
> it[...] gives us the <time> element[,] which would be the most
> semantic element for this pattern.
> The trouble is that we are searching for a solution to the issues NOW.
> The DFN and other proposals are searching for a solution that can be
> used forever with HTML4.
If browsers introduced a new parsing mode for HTML5, this might be a
reasonable way forward, but it's pretty clear that they don't intend to
do so. The stated goal is to process all versions of HTML with the
same, HTML5, algorithm.
Basically, HTML5 moves us away from HTML language *versions* and toward
CSS-like language *levels*. We should try to formulate our markup with
that in mind.
When the <time> element becomes available, yes, microformats should
prefer its use. But with my microformat parser implementor hat on, I
don't intend to reject use of the <abbr> design pattern once <time> is
available. They'll both work, it's just that one will be preferred. I
can't say the same about the <dfn> design pattern.
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