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Re: ensuring the existence & enhancing the power of Q

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2007 11:41:23 -0700
Message-Id: <BF83F50A-93F2-4469-9B59-745117EC2085@apple.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
To: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>


On Apr 2, 2007, at 10:02 AM, Gregory J. Rosmaita wrote:

>
> PRECIS: proposed, that the Q element use the "src" attribute to point
> to a target document, and redefine the "cite" attribute of Q to
> provide human-comprehensible bibliographic information; this would
> bring Q's attribute set in harmony with the use of the "src" element
> as a actionable target and the redefinition of the "cite" attribute
> to provide a human-readable citation, in harmony with the CITE
> element.
>
> =========================================
> PROPOSED ATTRIBUTE SET FOR THE Q ELEMENT:
> =========================================
>
> a) reuse the SRC attribute in the same manner as it is used elsewhere
> in the HTML/XHTML spec - as a pointer to a specific target;
>
> b) redefine the CITE attribute to bring it in line with the
> conventional semantic meaning of citation, which is to say,
> provenance,
> author, edition/iteration, etc.

This is gratuitously incompatible with HTML4.01, where the Q  
element's CITE attribute is a URI. I don't think "harmony" justifies  
breaking compatibility.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Monday, 2 April 2007 18:42:00 GMT

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