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Re: <Q CITE....>

From: Ian Hickson <exxieh@bath.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 18:00:52 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <000201bd7eba$92ec04c0$c920268a@hpxu>
To: Ron Neville <neviller@hotmail.com>, www-html@w3.org
Ron said:
>Excuse my ignorance, but the <Q CITE...> tag is not familiar to me.
>Just getting into HTML 4.0.  Is this something new???  Please clarify.

<Q> is a new element added in HTML4. It indicates inline quoted text (as
opposed to <BLOCKQUOTE>, which indicates a block of quoted text and which
can include paragraphs). <Q> a phrasal element, it indicates what a
particular phrase is. In this way it is similar to <STRONG>, which indicates
strongly emphasised text, <VAR> which indicates a variable, <CITE>, which
indicates a source or reference (citation), <ABBR> which indicates an
abbreviation (like "spec"), <ACRONYM> which indicates an acronym (like
"WWW") etc, etc, etc.

You can read the specification of the <Q> element at:

You can read about the other phrasal elements at:

But if you haven't yet, you should red the whole HTML4 spec which is at:

The 'CITE' part of <Q CITE=""> part indicates who said the phrase, as in:
<Q CITE="Chris Lilley, chair of the CSS&FP Working Group">Today's release of
the CSS2 specification demonstrates the effectiveness of the W3C process and
is the culmination of more than a year's work.</Q>

Finally, according to the spec UAs should insert quotes (") around quoted
text. In practice, no UA that I know of does this. So, <Q>Hello</Q> should
be rendered "Hello". (UA=User Agent; common name: Web Browser)

[this is slightly off topic. please redirect further messages concerning
this to either news:comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html or to
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Ian Hickson
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