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Chapter Seven. Tighter, Firmer Pages Gua... > Must Every Element Be Structural?

Must Every Element Be Structural?

At the conclusion of Chapter 6, “XHTML: Restructuring the Web,” we sassily asserted that it was often okay if navigational elements in transitional sites were not always structural. We'll go further out on a limb and add that even in CSS layouts, some components need not be structural—at least, not in the “headline, paragraph, list” sense discussed in Chapter 6.

These elements can, however, be meta-structural. That is, they can be marked up via generic structural elements and specific structural attributes that indicate the larger structural role they play within the site's design. This is not done for purposes of theory, but to gain real-world benefits including reduced bandwidth and easier site maintenance.


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