I am guessing that he'd like a consistent way to style the terms in a 
‘definition of terms’ section, the acronyms in a ‘list of acronyms’ section, 
and so on.

 <h>defined terms</h>
 <p><thingbeingdefined>Fruit</thingbeingdefined>: delicious stuff that falls 
from trees</p>
 <p><thingbeingdefined>OTT</thingbeingdefined>: lit. Over the Top, figuratively 
meaning something excessive</p>

> On Sep 7, 2016, at 18:49 , Domenic Denicola <d...@domenic.me> wrote:
> Hi Brenton, great to have you here.
> From: whatwg [mailto:whatwg-boun...@lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of brenton 
> strine
>> Is there a semantic element that can be used in a situation like this? If 
>> so, I
>> propose adding "label" to the specification for that element.
>> Then again, maybe this most appropriately a <span>.
> The question is largely about what you're trying to accomplish. What will be 
> interpreting your HTML's semantics? I can think of a few options:
> - If this is part of a series of labeled paragraphs, perhaps you are looking 
> for dl/dt/dd
> - A heading could indeed be appropriate in some cases
> - strong is probably most generally what you are looking for. Indeed, 
> https://html.spec.whatwg.org/multipage/semantics.html#the-strong-element uses 
> it in the very first example ("Importance" and the "Example" paragraph after 
> that).
> - If this is purely a stylistic label, span indeed makes sense.

Dave Singer


David Singer
Manager, Software Standards, Apple Inc.

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