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.
<div> <h>defined terms</h> <p><thingbeingdefined>Fruit</thingbeingdefined>: delicious stuff that falls from trees</p> … </div> <div> <h>acronyms</h> <p><thingbeingdefined>OTT</thingbeingdefined>: lit. Over the Top, figuratively meaning something excessive</p> … </div> > 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 sin...@mac.com David Singer Manager, Software Standards, Apple Inc.