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Re: Change back the semantics of <cite>

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 08:48:53 -0500
To: HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>
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On Thu, 2009-09-10 at 20:34 +0200, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> In the draft, the semantics of <cite> has been altered to not cover what 
> it covered in HTML 4.
> 
> HTML 4:  "CITE: Contains a citation or a reference to other sources."
> 
> HTML 4 example: 
>   As <CITE>Harry S. Truman</CITE> said,
>    <Q lang="en-us">The buck stops here.</Q>
>   More information can be found in <CITE>[ISO-0000]</CITE>.

I consider that a bug in the HTML 4 spec. I wish I had
reviewed it more closely.

I added <cite> to HTML 2 based on stuff like TeXinfo:

"Use the @cite command for the name of a book that lacks a companion
Info file. The command produces italics in the printed manual, and
quotation marks in the Info file."
http://ftp.gnu.org/pub/old-gnu/Manuals/texinfo-3.9/html_node/texinfo_108.html


The idiom goes back before TeXinfo, of course:

"Emphasis: Italics & Quotation Marks
...
Titles. The titles of books and the names of periodicals in your text
and references."
 -- Chicago Manual of Style Crib Sheet
  http://www.docstyles.com/cmscrib.htm

"When to use
...
The titles of works that stand by themselves, such as books or
newspapers: "He wrote his thesis on The Scarlet Letter." "

 -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italics

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Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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