Nathan Rixham wrote:
Michael A. Peters wrote:
Robert Cummings wrote:

Many government documents have the concept of "aside" as appearing
through the document and contextually near to the information to which
the aside relates. The entire sidebar seems a bit gratuitous as an
"aside". Sure it's aside, but it's not exactly the semantic meaning of

 From the W3C Working Draft:

    "The aside element represents a section of a page that consists
     of content that is tangentially related to the content around
     the aside element, and which could be considered separate from
     that content. Such sections are often represented as sidebars
     in printed typography.

     The element can also be used for typographical effects like pull

I'm basically following this model -

It took very little work since I was essentially doing that already.
aside is the most logical html 5 layout tag for describing the sidebar
in a two column layout.

I suppose one could put multiple aside elements in a classic <div
{id,class}="sidebar"> but I don't really see the benefit.

Since the aside used as a sidebar is neither a child of the article or
section, it is an aside to the main content div.

no offence but I have to agree with Rob here, it seems like confusion
between "a side" and "aside" is entering.

1 : to or toward the side

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