Michael A. Peters wrote:
> 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
>>>> aside.
>>>>  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
>>>>      quotes."
>>>>      http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/semantics.html#the-aside-element
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Rob.
>>> I'm basically following this model -
>>> http://www.alistapart.com/articles/previewofhtml5
>>> 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.
> http://www.merriam-webster.com/netdict/aside
> 1 : to or toward the side

1 : to or toward the side <stepped aside>

<aside> was originally called <sidebar>, because throughout literary
pieces you'd often find an aside on the side of a page, often you still
find them in news articles and the like (even online) with short, semi
related content in them - to prevent confusion and people thinking it
meant a literal sidebar (like we've come to think them on web pages)
they changed it to <aside>.

to further clarify, we're not talking about an aside as in the adverb,
we're talking about the noun "aside" :

regards :)

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