It doesn't really harm anything to leave it, but <hgroup> is being removed from W3's HTML 5.0 CR.

[adaptivetheme] (7.x-3.x) $ grep -rn 'hgroup' *
at_core/inc/  // hgroup attributes
at_core/inc/  $vars['hgroup_attributes_array'] = array();
at_core/inc/    $vars['hgroup_attributes_array']['class'][] = $vars['visibility'];
at_core/inc/  // hgroup attributes
at_core/inc/  $vars['hgroup_attributes_array']['id'][] = 'name-and-slogan';
at_core/inc/  $vars['hgroup_attributes'] = empty($vars['hgroup_attributes_array']) ? '' : drupal_attributes($vars['hgroup_attributes_array']);
at_core/scripts/html5.js:9: ...footer header hgroup main...
at_core/templates/page--full-width-wrappers.tpl.php:130:                <!-- start: Site name and Slogan hgroup -->
at_core/templates/page--full-width-wrappers.tpl.php:131:                <hgroup<?php print $hgroup_attributes; ?>>
at_core/templates/page--full-width-wrappers.tpl.php:141:                </hgroup><!-- /end #name-and-slogan -->
at_core/templates/page.tpl.php:114:            <hgroup<?php print $hgroup_attributes; ?>>
at_core/templates/page.tpl.php:124:            </hgroup>
at_subtheme/css/global.styles.css:255: * Wrapper for the site name and slogan (hgroup)
at_subtheme/css/print.css:154:hgroup a:link, hgroup a:visited {
at_subtheme/sass/global.styles.scss:320: * Wrapper for the site name and slogan (hgroup)
at_subtheme/sass/print.scss:174:hgroup a {


Jeff Burnz’s picture

Lets remove hgroup and switch the site slogan wrapper to a p element, seems like a reasonable approach.

capitolium’s picture

My easiest solution:

1) replace <hgroup> and </hgroup> with <div id="h-group"> </div> in page.tpl.php
2) replace all the occurrences of hgroup with #h-group in the css files

Working fine in my sites with no more validation errors.

Jeff Burnz’s picture

It should be done, and will be by next release, its not so easy because I have to check a lot of things in all sub-themes that somewhere I might have gone crazy and use hgroup as an element selector, I don't think I have but need to check before pushing an update.

mgifford’s picture

I just ran into this

Checked that it's still in git. Would a patch be useful? Not sure that a h-group id would be needed, or if there is indeed any benefit to grouping them at all.

There are a few references, but this is certainly a good one:

With some examples. Certainly it will need sufficient time to test, but the patch itself should be easy to write I would think.

Jeff Burnz’s picture

Killing it now, its happening!

It'll be along the lines of this:

<div id="name-and-slogan" class="h-group">

Seems I have declared this in many themes, but only to remove any padding or margin that a browser might have added to the element, afaict, so I'll suck up the breakages if any occur, I think not (consider there are 100 or more themes I built that have this, and 40 000 others...).

mgifford’s picture

Thanks! Hopefully it doesn't have much of an impact for those who need to upgrade in the future. Ultimately, this is a lot bigger than AdaptiveTheme though, so everyone has to keep up with HTML5.

T.Mardi’s picture

Hi Jeff, I have just installed the latest dev (Dec 6) and am getting this error:

Notice: Undefined variable: hgroup_attributes in include() (line 131 of /home/mysite/public_html/sites/all/themes/my_subtheme/page--full-width-wrappers.tpl.php).

Jeff Burnz’s picture

#7, yep, good call, I did commit some parts of it earlier along with some other commits, still needs a full clean out of attributes, and most of the stuff rupl cites in the OP.

weavingmedia’s picture

+1 on number 7


mgifford’s picture

Title: Remove <hgroup> from AdaptiveTheme templates » Remove hgroup from AdaptiveTheme templates
Issue summary: View changes

changing the title so that it shows up better than "Remove from AdaptiveTheme templates" in lists of issues.

astutonet’s picture


I also updated the AT to the dec, 6 version and I have a similar issue:

Notice: Undefined variable: hgroup_attributes in include() (line 37 of /home/mysite/public_html/sites/all/themes/at-commerce/templates/page.tpl.php).

It is noteworthy that for every page access there is a record in dblog.

Obviously if <hgroup> is removed, all of subthemes which depend on this information will register similar issues with this.

Jeff Burnz’s picture

@ astutonet, yeah, I have rethought that, I'll move the attribute variable back into preprocess to maintain backwards compatibility.

Jeff Burnz’s picture

Pushed a commit that should solve all issues.

Jeff Burnz’s picture

Priority: Minor » Normal
Status: Active » Fixed

Should be fixed now, added BC layer for existing themes/templates, removed some references to hgroup.

astutonet’s picture

Hi @Jeff, thanks for your reply.

I've downloaded the new version released today (Dec, 10) and apparently no problems.

Tks again.

Status: Fixed » Closed (fixed)

Automatically closed - issue fixed for 2 weeks with no activity.