[uf-discuss] Re: dfn design pattern (proposal)

Karl Dubost karl at w3.org
Tue Aug 21 19:48:07 PDT 2007

Brian Suda (21 août 2007 - 18:47) :
> On 8/21/07, Edward O'Connor <hober0 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> In the interest of forward-compatibility, I think using dfn/@title  
>> is a
>> bad idea.
>> The HTML 5 draft goes into much more detail about <dfn> then any
>> previous HTML version, specifying both how to find the <dfn>'s  
>> term, and
>> how to find the relevant <dfn> for some use of the term elsewhere  
>> in the
>> document.
> --- i wouldn't worry too much about HTML5.

The definition of [HTML 5 dfn][1] is not incompatible with [HTML 4  
It is just a better definition, less vague.
For the record, XHTML 2 WD gives another interesting pattern for  
[XHTML 2 dfn][3] with the attribute role.

Though as you said html 5 is only an *editor* draft for now.

[1]: http://www.w3.org/html/wg/html5/#the-dfn
[2]: http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/text.html#edef-DFN
[3]: http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml2/mod-text.html#edef_text_dfn

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