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Re: Final thoughts on <q>

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2008 14:53:56 +0000 (UTC)
To: Sam Kuper <sam.kuper@uclmail.net>
Cc: Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0811011451430.1041@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Thu, 30 Oct 2008, Sam Kuper wrote:
> Perhaps this would be a good juncture for Ian to step in with some 
> feedback.

I'm swamped with forms-related feedback at the moment, so I haven't been 
able to make a long detailed examination of the feedback so far, but my 
impression is that the best thing for us to do is to say that <q> should 
get punctuation marks like HTML4 says, since within a year all the 
browsers will do that, and then to encourage authors to use CSS to style 
their quote marks. It's not ideal, but it's also not a terrible disaster. 
Authors are still free to avoid using <q> and just use quotation marks 
directly in their markup if they desire.

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