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Re: cite element not for people's names?

From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 11:13:22 +0000
Message-ID: <47BC0B52.70102@cam.ac.uk>
To: Ben Boyle <benjamins.boyle@gmail.com>
CC: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Ben Boyle wrote:
> So I read on a blog [1] that cite is not for people's names now. Sure
> enough our draft reflects this [2]. There are some comments
> complaining about this. But HTML 4.01 includes an example of cite
> using a person's name: As <CITE>Harry S. Truman</CITE> said, ... [3]
> That would be contradictory, which I'm not fond of. Do we really want
> to decrease the scope of CITE? Is there a design principle involved?
> (Are these reasonable questions to ask?)

Yes, these are reasonable questions to ask.

A summary of the feedback given on <cite>, together with the rationale for the 
change is in [1].

[1]  http://lists.whatwg.org/pipermail/whatwg-whatwg.org/2008-February/014008.html

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