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Re: HTML5's Q element

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 21:44:18 +0000 (UTC)
To: "T.J. Crowder" <tj@crowdersoftware.com>
Cc: Seth Call <sethcall@gmail.com>, Ryan Roberts <hello@ryanroberts.co.uk>, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, Arthur Clifford <art@artspad.net>, public-html-comments@w3.org, Yahia Chlyeh <cyahia@gmail.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0909042142080.24938@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Fri, 4 Sep 2009, T.J. Crowder wrote:
> >
> > It would be stupid of us to try to change this now given that all four 
> > major browsers ship with a <q> that inserts quote marks
> 
> Strongly disagree.  The spec is *not final* yet.

HTML4, which required quotes in the exact same manner, has been "final" 
for over ten years now.


> If vendors implement in-progress specs, they must expect them to change.  
> Fix it now and within a year, it's done, implementations and content 
> will be updated to match.

HTML5 said to _not_ render quotes for at least 2 years, during which time 
the only change from browser vendors was for Microsoft to change from not 
including quotes (as per HTML5 at the time) to including quotes (as per 
HTML4). So evidence seems to contradict your statement.

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