This post I am doing so people will know what I’m talking about when I mention things such as articles and sections. More specifically, when I mention article and section tags in HTML.
We start first with article tags, according to W3C schools. According to the page an article is a stand alone bit of factual writing dealing with a subject. In this case the article works best when it is complete in and of itself, while at the same time being short. An article can be a few hundred works, or even thousands of words, so long as it is complete in and of itself, and short enough to be read in only a few hours at the most. Have a look at most any magazine with fact based articles and read a few of those.
With the article tag you are provided with a \\\”hook\\\” you can use to format the writing within the tag to produce what you want to, and to give your reader something he can expect to be formed as he may expect it to. And keep in mind he article he is reading will have writing and illustration you wish to provide in a form that is consist.
A section, in contrast, is a part of a document; unlike an article which is a document in and of itself. In HTML the section tag lets you organize a part of your document in the way you prefer. If you are presenting an article, the article tag lets you format the article as a whole; using CSS, while the section tag lets you format individual sections of the article; again, using CSS.
Now keep in mind that most of the time the section as a whole, including any sub and sub-sub ;etc.; is laid out t in a consistent way. Indeed, individual sections are most often laid out similar to each other.
Now, consider this post, Personae. It is the introduction to the chapter on personae in a role playing guide (RPG)I’m working on. It is a section of that chapter, and has two sub-sections. The chapter also has other sections, such as the one on socio-economic class (SEC); social class in other worlds; which details how to determine your role’s SEC. There are sub-sections dealing with social class, but they further detail the main topic of the section.
Now my goal here is to give my articles and sections; also libraries, series, volumes and books, chapters and sections; a look my reader can recognize, and which makes it easier for them to read. HTML and CSS today lets me do that. This is not even the 1980s; much less the 1990s. For that matter, this is not the 2000s, for computers, HTML, and CSS have made advances. You no longer have the restrictions of old. You get right down to it, displays have improved and you can now present material you couldn’t before. Even if the screen is just one inch square, you can still do more with it. And the worst news? Things will continue to change.
So that’s what I’m talking about regarding articles and sections. And don’t be surprised when people create the chapter tag, the book tag, the series tag, and the library tag. Most importantly, never say they won’t. For things like chapter tags will find use on the Web. You may not need them, but others will, and more than you would think. We haven’t reached the final point in what you can do with a computer, and I doubt we will any time soon.
You may want things to stop changing, but as long as they can they will.
Alan Kellogg; Dec. 3rd, 2015