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[Bug 23313] New: Change definition of <cite> to allow it to refer to names of people, not just works

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Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 10:45:37 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=23313

            Bug ID: 23313
           Summary: Change definition of <cite> to allow it to refer to
                    names of people, not just works
           Product: WHATWG
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: PC
                OS: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML
          Assignee: ian@hixie.ch
          Reporter: rubys@intertwingly.net
        QA Contact: contributor@whatwg.org
                CC: bruce@brucelawson.co.uk, chaals@yandex-team.ru,
                    faulkner.steve@gmail.com, mike@w3.org,
                    public-html-admin@w3.org,
                    public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org
        Depends on: 23008

+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #23008 +++

CHange

"The cite element represents the cited title of a work; for example, the title
of a book mentioned within the main text flow of a document." to

"The cite element represents the cited title of a work or the author of a
quotation; for example, the title of a book mentioned within the main text flow
of a document."

And remove text "Although previous versions of HTML implied that the cite
element can be used to mark up the name of a person, that usage is no longer
considered conforming. The cite element now solely represents the cited title
of a work; for example, the title of a book, paper, essay, poem, score, song,
script, film, TV show, game, sculpture, painting, theater production, play,
opera, musical, exhibition, legal case report, or other such work."

Replace with "A common idiom for citing the author of some quoted text is to
cite the author's name within the blockquote containing the quotation."

This reverts to the HTML4 meaning of the element, restores millions of
WordPress blogs to conformance (as they often use the cite element to represent
the name of a commenter), and documents established use by authors in the wild
- see http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2013Aug/0082.html and
http://oli.jp/example/blockquote-metadata/

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