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use of cite [was: fun with embedded RDF]

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 17:12:19 +0100
Message-Id: <f58fd071c5af822e777c9b1af36f5adf@w3.org>
Cc: "Ralph R. Swick" <swick@csail.mit.edu>, Ian Davis <iand@internetalchemy.org>, Eric Miller <em@w3.org>, www-archive+breadcrumbs@w3.org
To: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>

On Feb 28, 2006, at 4:56 PM, Karl Dubost wrote:
> Le 06-02-23 à 09:39, Dan Connolly a écrit :
>>       <cite><a rel="foaf-made" href="xyz">brilliant ideas</a></cite>
>
> Sorry to jump in, but is it an appropriate use of cite?

I think so; "brilliant ideas" is a (hypothetical) title of a talk.
<cite> is use for marking up titles of cited works. At least it was when
it was added to HTML 2.0. The semantics
seem to have drifted since then, but I think it has only
grown usages, not lost them.

Wow... the HTML 4 spec
  http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/text.html#h-9.2.1
doesn't even document the original purpose of cite:

[[
The CITE element is used to indicate the title of a book or other 
citation. It is typically rendered as italics. For example:

He just couldn't get enough of <cite>The Grapes of Wrath</cite>.
]]
  -- http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/html-spec/html-spec_5.html#SEC5.7.1.1

It's supposed to capture this idiom:
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quotation_mark#Titles_of_artistic_works

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