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The Definition List: Talked about, again

Norm, or Mark Norman Francis, wrote quite the eloquent and scathing piece of work at 24 ways entitled My Other Christmas Present Is a Definition List. While reading it I was reminded of something Chris Wilson said, once upon a time.

In 2006 Chris Wilson spoke at @media. His spiel was on IE: 7 and Beyond. The intent was to talk about the then forthcoming IE7 and what they did and what they didn’t do and because of such what the web developers ought/need to do to account for all the implications. All that aside, one thing he said in that presentation, which I’m now taking the liberty to take out of context, is that they implemented some of the CSS3 because it was cheap.

Tongue-in-cheek aside, Norm points out that the current spec for the DL is or might be rather erroneous and that the holy upcoming HTML5 spec does a bit better to clarify what really to do with the Darn List, however, in the end, there is still much unlawful activity against markup going on in the tubes.