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Subject: LwDITA subcommittee response: content model for <dd>


At least one DITA TC member raised an issue about the appropriateness of the LwDITA content model for definition lists. (Bob Thomas, to give credit). Specifically, should the description/definition component (<dd>) allow nested <dl> and <simpletable>?

The Lightweight DITA Subcommittee discussed this on June 14*. The subcommittee's consensus is that the current content model is appropriate:

- One can envision reasonable use cases for allowing <dl> and <simpletable> in a definition.

- Forbidding nesting of <dl> would require some amount of architectural effort.

- The content model maps to the HTML5 content model for description lists.

I trust this provides the DITA TC sufficient information to close the issue.


* Minutes of the June 14 meeting are at:

Alan Houser
Group Wellesley, Inc.
Consultant and Trainer, Technical Publishing
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