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Re: The cite and pubdate attributes

From: Karl Dubost <karl@la-grange.net>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2009 19:35:31 -0400
Cc: public-html <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <F9DA5B8D-59DF-4C5F-866C-F7BFB2554477@la-grange.net>
To: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>

Le 10 août 2009 à 07:48, Lachlan Hunt a écrit :
> Similarly, the cite attribute duplicates functionality of the <cite>  
> elmement combined with <a href>.

cite attribute on blockquote covers different cases and makes a direct  
association between the quoted text and the reference.

# Example 1

In this example, the author and even the titles can have different  
URIs (a href) inside cite *element* for expressing more information.  
The quoted text makes a reference to a precise book from which it has  
been extracted.
The main issue for me is that I can't associate the author and the  
title with the right quote, specifically when there is more than one  
in the page.

<p class="source">In the book, <cite class="title">The Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn</cite>,  written in 1884 by <cite class="author">
<a href="http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Twain">Mark Twain</a></cite>
is referring to a previous novel:</p>

<blockquote cite="urn:isbn:978-0-14-243717-9" xml:lang="en">
	<p>You don't know me about me, without you have read
	a book by the name of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,
	" but that ain't no matter.</p>

# Example 2

In this example we can have also different uris inside cite element  
and I can associate the source with the blockquote. But it doesn't  
solve my issue when I have a text flow which is more fluid with a  
narrative. I might still want to associate the author and the quotes.

<blockquote cite="urn:isbn:978-0-14-243717-9" xml:lang="en">

	<p>You don't know me about me, without you have read
	a book by the name of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,"
	but that ain't no matter.</p>

	<p class="source">
	 <cite class="auteur">Twain, Mark</cite>, p. 9.
	 <cite class="titre">The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn</cite>.
	Penguin Classics. 2003


IMHO, removing the cite attribute on quote is not a very good idea and  
doesn't create any benefits.
Making it possible for browser to activate the URI contained in cite  
attribute be a lot better (javascript and css can be used already see  

My constraints are often:

1. associating authors, titles and quotes which can be distributed in  
a text.
2. still being able to associate them when multiple quotes and authors.
3. Being able to use different uris for
	"cite element with a href"
     and "cite attribute in blockquote and q elements".

blockquote[cite]:after {
   content: "Quote from: " attr(cite);
   display: block;

Opera had (has?) also proprietary extension to CSS

q[cite], blockquote[cite] {
	-o-link: attr(cite);
	-o-link-source: current;
	cursor: pointer }

See references


Karl Dubost - http://www.la-grange.net/karl/
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