From the editor's 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 be used for typographical effects like pull quotes or
sidebars, for advertising, for groups of nav elements, and for other
content that is considered separate from the main content of the page.
Dear God, please don't suggest it be used for noise like sidebars,
advertising, or non related groups of nav elements. Asides are NOT often
represented AS sidebars in printed typography, they are often
represented IN sidebars of printed typography. This distinction is
I've never read a serious article where suddenly an aside is made where
BUY! BUY! BUY! BUY OUR JUNK TODAY!!
An aside is tangential to the content (as in the working draft of the
spec), this means it is related in some way, usually enriching the
information/experience rather than watering it down with nonsense.
I beg you to reconsider your wording for this element's description.
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