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39547502[Authors] Try to clarify <footer>.2009-09-22 01:45
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@@ -14438,15 +14438,16 @@
   </dl>
 
   <p>The <code>footer</code> element <span>represents</span> a footer
-  for its nearest ancestor <span>sectioning content</span>. A footer
-  typically contains information about its section such as who wrote
-  it, links to related documents, copyright data, and the like.</p>
+  for its nearest ancestor <span>sectioning content</span> or
+  <span>sectioning root</span> element. A footer typically contains
+  information about its section such as who wrote it, links to related
+  documents, copyright data, and the like.</p>
 
   <p class="note">Contact information belongs in an
   <code>address</code> element, possibly itself inside a
   <code>footer</code>.</p>
 
-  <p>Footers don't necessarily have to appear at the end of a section,
+  <p>Footers don't necessarily have to appear at the <em>end</em> of a section,
   though they usually do.</p>
 
   <p>When the <code>footer</code> element contains entire sections,
@@ -14458,6 +14459,10 @@
   <span>sectioning content</span>; it doesn't introduce a new
   section.</p>
 
+  <p>When the nearest ancestor <span>sectioning content</span> or
+  <span>sectioning root</span> element is <span>the body
+  element</span>, then it applies to the whole page.</p>
+
   <div class="example">
 
    <p>Here is a page with two footers, one at the top and one at the
@@ -14481,7 +14486,49 @@
 
   </div>
 
+  <div class="example">
 
+   <p>Here is an example which shows the <code>footer</code> element
+   being used both for a site-wide footer and for a section
+   footer.</p>
+
+   <pre>&lt;!DOCTYPE HTML>
+&lt;HTML>&lt;HEAD>
+&lt;TITLE>The Ramblings of a Scientist&lt;/TITLE>
+&lt;BODY>
+&lt;H1>The Ramblings of a Scientist&lt;/H1>
+&lt;ARTICLE>
+ &lt;H1>Episode 15&lt;/H1>
+ &lt;VIDEO SRC="/fm/015.ogv" CONTROLS AUTOBUFFER>
+  &lt;P>&lt;A HREF="/fm/015.ogv">Download video&lt;/A>.&lt;/P>
+ &lt;/VIDEO>
+ &lt;FOOTER> &lt;!-- footer for article -->
+  &lt;P>Published &lt;TIME PUBDATE DATETIME="2009-10-21T18:26-07:00">&lt;/TIME>&lt;/P>
+ &lt;/FOOTER>
+&lt;/ARTICLE>
+&lt;ARTICLE>
+ &lt;H1>My Favorite Trains&lt;/H1>
+ &lt;P>I love my trains. My favorite train of all time is a K&ouml;f.&lt;/P>
+ &lt;P>It is fun to see them pull some coal cars because they look so
+ dwarfed in comparison.&lt;/P>
+ &lt;FOOTER> &lt;!-- footer for article -->
+  &lt;P>Published &lt;TIME PUBDATE DATETIME="2009-09-15T14:54-07:00">&lt;/TIME>&lt;/P>
+ &lt;/FOOTER>
+&lt;/ARTICLE>
+&lt;FOOTER> &lt;!-- site wide footer -->
+ &lt;NAV>
+  &lt;P>&lt;A HREF="/credits.html">Credits&lt;/A> &mdash;
+     &lt;A HREF="/tos.html">Terms of Service&lt;/A> &mdash;
+     &lt;A HREF="/index.html">Blog Index&lt;/A>&lt;/P>
+ &lt;/NAV>
+ &lt;P>Copyright &copy; 2009 Gordon Freeman&lt;/P>
+&lt;/FOOTER>
+&lt;/BODY>
+&lt;/HTML></pre>
+
+  </div>
+
+
   <h4>The <dfn><code>address</code></dfn> element</h4>
 
   <dl class="element">

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