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The word 'navitis' shows up a lot in the book Introducing html5, and I didn't find it in a dictionary.

The sentences are:

  • 'I was previously guilty of navitis—the urge to surround any links to other parts of a site as <nav>.'

  • 'When tempted to use a “fat footer,” consider whether such links actually need <nav> at all—navitis can be hard to shake off.'

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Can you give an example. I mean a sentence where this word is used. – Apoorva Jan 10 '12 at 12:52
ish -itis and itis -itis are endemic! – Kris Jan 10 '12 at 13:03
Your first example includes a definition, so what's your question? – TRiG Jan 10 '12 at 16:31
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I would take this almost certainly to mean "overuse of the <nav> tag". The suffix -itis comes from the Greek language and is taken to mean "inflammation of" in modern English. However, in an idiomatic sense, adding -itis to a word means that the author believes that the action is being done too often. In this case, the author is referring to the overuse of the new <nav> tag, like it is a disease.

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The author defines the term in the very sentence you quote:

I was previously guilty of navitis—the urge to surround any links to other parts of a site as <nav>.

The author is using a standard form for definition of an unfamiliar or coined word in context.

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I guess that navitis is a word the author invented to mean "too many tags". He probably defines exactly what he means in one of the early chapters. E.g.:

Just look at all those sections. It's so ugly! This is what I call navitis.

-itis is an informal / humorous suffix which means "disease / illness". (In formal usage, it's a medical suffix that means "inflammation".) So he's describing a "disease" of website design.

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