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Re: <q>

From: Robert J Burns <rob@robburns.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 11:15:07 -0500
Cc: "'Sam Kuper'" <sam.kuper@uclmail.net>, "'Ivan Enderlin'" <w3c@hoa-project.net>, "'Olivier GENDRIN'" <olivier.gendrin@gmail.com>, "'Ben Boyle'" <benjamins.boyle@gmail.com>, "'Chris Wilson'" <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>, "'HTML WG'" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <CF7635D7-6B98-44D9-9B41-0D6667882A3E@robburns.com>
To: "Justin James" <j_james@mindspring.com>

Hi Justin,

On Oct 29, 2008, at 7:20 AM, Justin James wrote:

>  Again, if <q> adds punctuation, so should <p> and any other element  
> which represents grammar.

You keep repeating this analogy, without recognizing that it goes  
completely against what you're saying. The p element DOES add  
punctuation in the same way that the q elements adds punctuation. The  
following HTML:

<p>here is a paragraph.</p><p>And that paragraph is followed by  
another paragraph.</p>

will be rendered

here is a paragraph.

And that paragraph is followed by another paragraph.

With new lines inserted between the paragraphs. The major difference  
is that a paragraph is almost universally presented with new lines  
between them, whereas a quotation has many different possible  
presentations (sometimes with quotation marks and sometimes without  
quotations marks). Though a paragraph might change the indentation,  
the paragraph spacing and first-line indentation, it is much more  
universally presented with the same newline punctuation than a  
semantic quotation which has diverse presentations.

In both cases  paragraph (P) and quotation (Q)  the author is  
responsible for inserting the genuine semantic and non-presentational  
punctuation (commas, periods, sentence capitalization, etc.).

Take care,
Rob
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