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HTML5's Q element

From: Yahia Chlyeh <cyahia@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 19:08:16 -0000
To: ian@hixie.ch
Cc: public-html-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.uy9932r8bhoi91@yahia-v1510>
Having quotation punctuation generated by the user agent is utterly wrong. This discussion has been going from a long time ago in the mailing lists. Quotation marks for the /q/ element should be provided in the source so that 1) non-graphical user agents can represent them, otherwise the content would be flawed, and 2) to avoid issues that arise when writing content in different languages: in French for example, the reference of the quote is written inside the quote inside quotation marks (..., he whispered, ...) while in English that's put outside the quotation marks; there's also problems with punctuation in/outside quotation marks that's different in languages.
After all these arguments, the best is to prevent automatic generation of quotation marks and notify web authors to add them outside the /q/ element itself, since if quotes generation is preserved, then why not auto generate periods for end of /p/ elements too?
Yahia Chlyeh
Received on Wednesday, 26 August 2009 19:38:33 UTC

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