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[Bug 18915] New: Encouraged cite attribute behavior is unlikely to be implemented and so should be dropped

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Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:45:29 +0000
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-18915-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=18915

           Summary: Encouraged cite attribute behavior is unlikely to be
                    implemented and so should be dropped
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec
        AssignedTo: erika.doyle@microsoft.com
        ReportedBy: mjs@apple.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


The Rendering section, in subsection Links, Forms and Navigation
<http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/rendering.html#links,-forms,-and-navigation>
says:

"User agents are expected to allow users to navigate browsing contexts to the
resources indicated by the cite attributes on q, blockquote, ins, and del
elements."

As far as I can tell, mainstream UAs do not implement this, and I don't know of
any planning to offer such behavior. Making these elements act as hyperlinks
directly is likely to be incompatible with existing content, a context menu
item is too obscure to be worth it, and out-of-line UI is likely not to merit
space in the UI chrome.

"expected" statements in the Rendering section are MUST-level conformance
criteria for the "Visual user agents that support the suggested default
rendering" conformance class:

<http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/infrastructure.html#conformance-classes>

Since this requirement is unlikely to be implemented, it should be dropped.
Otherwise it is likely to be dropped in CR anyway.

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