HTML: Semantics of “title” Element Content
Post from February 26, 2007 (↻ June 12, 2021), filed under Web Development.
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I already proposed this in October 2005 but see the need to bring it up again: It would be useful to allow other elements within the
title of an HTML document. Why? You otherwise cannot mark abbreviations and other flow content elements, which means their meaning gets lost. For example, you cannot write
<title><abbr>HTML</abbr> document title</title>
(whose markup wouldn’t need to be rendered), but are required to use
<title>HTML document title</title>
Therefore, there’s no way to tell that “HTML” is an abbreviation here.
The set of elements we could allow within
title’s limited. HTML probably benefits from enabling
ins, and eventually
I’ll suggest this again to the respective working groups, despite the original responses. And I’m looking forward to your thoughts.
Update (February 27, 2007)
For compatibility reasons in HTML,
titlecannot contain elements because of the way it is parsed. It would be possible to do so in XHTML, but then that would be another incompatibility between the 2 languages and there is also limited usefulness in doing so anyway, since many of the use cases for title are plain text. e.g. the window’s title bar, bookmarks, search results, etc.
While enabling other elements within
title means a compatibility issue, I currently do not believe that you cannot ignore them under certain circumstances, like in the title bar.
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On February 28, 2007, 15:33 CET, Herbert Schiemann said:
Since the title element is not part of the body I do not see much use in allowing other elements within the title element in HTML. Representational elements like em and strong are not needed in the title element, may-be semantical elements.
On the other hand I cannot see a convincing reason why not to allow any “inline” elements in the title element in XHTML
On March 2, 2007, 14:33 CET, Robin Hodson said:
Although (trivally), you things like
<title lang="fr">J’ai eu un chat</title>
So all is not completely lost.
Search engines are quite good at picking up context, anyway.
If you’re really worried about it, surely XHTML is the way to go, anyway?
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