Definitely, the way speech readers noted they would like it. 


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On Behalf Of Ben Buchanan
Sent: Sunday, December 06, 2009 10:42 PM
Subject: Re: [WSG] breaks, lists in a form or not, and more or less divs



        In case of a poem, if I place every verse in a paragraph, what
do I do with each line of text in the verse? Is this one of the very few
occasions to use breaks? A verse doesn't seem a list to me... or is it?
I like your opinion.


This one has been debated a few times and it seems to come down to two
common suggestions; paragraphs + breaks, or pre. I think both are fine,
although I prefer paragraphs and breaks unless the poem has particularly
significant formatting which requires pre.


So, in order of preference...



First line of poem<br />

Middle line of poem<br />

Last line of poem</p>


Semantically fine, since the meaning relies on line breaks and I'm happy
to consider each verse as a paragraph.





        The author put this line over here

  but this one here

                                this one way over here

      ...and the form and layout is part of the poem's message



(hopefully that whitespace will survive ;)). Semantically ok as the
content is "preformatted". It's not strong semantics but there's not
much else to work with and it gets the job done.



        In the very few tutorials I have seen about how to markup a form
semantically, both were using  a list in the form. To me that seems
totally unneccessary plus too much markup. Does anyone know what can be
the reason of doing it that way?


Some people feel that each line of the form is the next step in a list
of items to be filled out, and also to make the grouping clear; others
are simply being pragmatic about the need for something to work with for
style. I'm sure there will be other reasons too. It's not required, but
I don't think it's a "bad" technique.


Personally I'm quite comfortable putting each line of a form into a div
(for complex forms you need *something*); but I tend to use
fieldset+legend to ensure the grouping is obvious.


Hope that helps :)




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