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Re: what is dt?

From: Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 18:10:24 -0500
Message-ID: <4AB01EE0.8050505@burningbird.net>
To: Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net>
CC: Jeremy Keith <jeremy@adactio.com>, Stephen Stewart <carisenda@gmail.com>, Smylers@stripey.com, public-html@w3.org
Shelley Powers wrote:
> Smylers wrote this in another email:
> "As defined by HTML5, a user agent can treat the contents of a <cite>
> element as being the title of a work; if <cite> is expanded to do two
> distinct things (both titles of works and conversation speakers) then
> <cite> effectively becomes a semantically empty element two: a user
> agent can't know which of the two meanings is intended, so can't presume
> either of them."
> Then where does this leave dt and dd?
> Shelley
Of course, I answer my own question: the container determines the use.

It's ugly though. We can do better.

As for cite, and differentiating between title and author, we don't have 
to differentiate between an author and a title, as a citation is just 
that -- a reference to where the material arose. It can a person, a 
page, a book, an article, or even a combination of all these items, 
given as separate citations in separate cite elements. It is 
semantically the same, though the value may change. It's still just a 
citation, though.

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