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 fundamentally different.

I've never read a serious article where suddenly an aside is made where it says:


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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