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Re: Proposal for the deprecation of <blockquote>

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jukka.k.korpela@kolumbus.fi>
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:51:40 +0300
Message-ID: <521230FC.2060809@kolumbus.fi>
To: public-html@w3.org
2013-08-19 13:58, Steve Faulkner wrote:
> AT such as JAWS Announces when the virtual cursor enters or exits a 
> |blockquote| element. Navigate by and list instances of |blockquote| 
> element in document.

That's interesting. What exactly does JAWS say? What do other AT 
programs say? Do they say that by default, or does the user need to 
switch to a specific mode or set some settings?

If it says something related to "block quotation", then it misleads 
users most of the time, but presumably people who hear that often enough 
will have tuned their understanding to know that "block quotation" does 
not mean a quotation, in most cases.

>
> And JAWS also recognises and announces <footer>

I guess that would normally be OK and useful in most cases.

> so for the example code:
>
> <blockquote>
>   <p>The blockquote element represents a section that is quoted from 
> another source.</p>
>     <footer> <cite><a 
> href="http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/grouping-content.html#the-blockquote-element">W3C 
> HTML5 specification</a></cite></footer>
> </blockquote>
>
> The use of the footer element is an improvement to user experience as 
> it identifies the citation as content information.
>
It depends on whether the user understands "footer" (or whatever JAWS is 
saying) as meaning "credits" or "source".

In practice, writing e.g. <p>Source: ...</p> instead of <footer> would 
make things much clearer.

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