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Re: Questions on the Origin of BLOCKQUOTE

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@miscoranda.com>
Date: Sat, 2 May 2009 17:41:24 +0100
Message-ID: <b6bb4d890905020941t5ae9ab90gf2afa79e267ccb74@mail.gmail.com>
To: ACJ <ego@acjs.net>
Cc: www-html <www-html@w3.org>
On Sat, May 2, 2009 at 5:25 PM, ACJ <ego@acjs.net> wrote:

> This is easily realized with the use of an extra container element.

But in 1993, you couldn't choose the style.

What I meant is that there was already a minimal implementation for
quoting blocks of text, and you didn't have to introduce anything into
html.dtd v.1.2 for that.

Of course there are endless typographical abilities that could, and
often were, added to HTML subsequently. That says nothing about which
were most valuable.

You say that BLOCKQUOTE adds semantic value. Well all kinds of things
could add semantic value to HTML: take the things added latter, or
much of the stuff in DOCBOOK and TEI and so forth. That doesn't
explain why BLOCKQUOTE specifically was added, nor why it was added
when it was.

Sean B. Palmer, http://inamidst.com/sbp/
Received on Saturday, 2 May 2009 16:42:04 UTC

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