[webkit-dev] Fwd: Adding <main> element to WebCore

Brendan Eich brendan at mozilla.org
Tue Nov 27 20:39:11 PST 2012

I'm stunned that people are arguing this on webkit-dev.

Just FYI, Mozillians with whom I have spoken generally agree that <main> 
does not meet the high bar required to add a new element to HTML.

Shopping a patch to implementors, to get something into a standard spec 
by asserting de-facto status based on the patch(es) landing, is bad form.

Back to the whatwg list!


Dominic Mazzoni wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch 
> <mailto:ian at hixie.ch>> wrote:
>     The use case for <main> is accessibility navigation. If authors use it
>     incorrectly, the feature *doesn't work*. The element becomes
>     pointless.
> But it won't break accessibility. Worst case, it starts the screen 
> reader user at an unusual point in the page. A single keystroke will 
> bring the user back to the top of the page, so it's no big deal.
> So I'm in favor of it, because it's easy for developers, there's a 
> small positive accessibility benefit, and I don't see any harm if it's 
> sometimes used incorrectly.
> - Dominic
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