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Description of <dfn> refers to <description list group> element #791

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jasonkiss opened this issue Feb 8, 2017 · 0 comments

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commented Feb 8, 2017

The entry for dfn includes the following information:

The <paragraph>, <description list group>, or <section> that is the nearest ancestor of the <dfn> element must also contain the definition(s) for the term given by the <dfn> element.

This suggests there's such an element as a description list group, which there is not. In this case, description list group links to the entry for dl, which is made up of "term-description groups" of dt and dd elements. Presumably it's the nearest ancestor term-description group that must contain the definition (dd) for the associated dt in which the dfn is found? And not the dl as a whole, which could contain all sorts of different terms and definitions?

If so, recommend rewriting the previous passage as follows:

The <paragraph>, <section>, or term-description group that is the nearest ancestor of the <dfn> element must also contain the definition(s) for the term given by the <dfn> element.

@stevefaulkner stevefaulkner self-assigned this Feb 8, 2017

arronei added a commit to arronei/html that referenced this issue Apr 17, 2017
updated dfn text
refined terminology, allowed li as an ancestor.
fixes w3c#791
fixes w3c#539
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