The lt element

Unofficial Draft, last updated 19 November 2016

Steve Faulkner, The Paciello Group

About this document

It defines an element to be used for the identification of a title or caption for lists. All normative content in the HTML 5.2 specification, unless specifically overridden by this specification, is intended to be the basis for this specification.

A [proposal] list head/caption/title is available.

4.4.12. The lt element

Contexts in which this element can be used:
As the first child of a ul, ol or dl element.
Content model:
Phrasing content.
Tag omission in text/html:
Neither tag is omissible
Content attributes:
Global attributes
Allowed ARIA role attribute values:
Allowed ARIA state and property attributes:
Global aria-* attributes
DOM interface:
Uses HTMLElement.

The lt element represents a title or caption for the rest of the contents of the lt element’s parent ul, ol or dl element, if any.

Here are some examples of conforming use of the lt element.

      <lt>Important Seussian Characters</lt>          
      <li>Thing One</li>          
      <li>The Cat in the Hat</li>          
      <li>The Lorax</li>          
      <lt>Days of the week</lt>          
      <lt>A few important web technologies</lt> 
      <dd>HTML is the markup language used to give content structure.</dd>  	
      <dd>CSS is the language used to add a creative layer on top of HTML.</dd>  

lt element codepen and demo page


From a quick test in modern browsers; all examples render correctly and do not have a negative effect on parsing.

From a quick test in screen readers: content is announced as expected (as text after the presence of the list is announced), and the lt does not effect the correct announcement of list items.