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Re: ensuring the existence & enhancing the power of Q

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2007 21:52:48 +0000 (UTC)
To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0704022142100.21343@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Mon, 2 Apr 2007, L. David Baron wrote:
> Instead of enhancing the Q element, we should deprecate it and replace 
> it.

Replace it with what? What should we do with the existing content that 
uses <q>?

This has been an open issue in the WHATWG for a while but nobody has come 
up with a particularily compelling solution -- either the solutions drop 
compatibility with existing content, or existing UAs, or require complex 
CSS features. (My own proposal falls in the latter camp; it makes <q> 
require quote marks around <q> elements (author-provided), then provides 
complex CSS that can select those quotes for replacement -- for legacy 
unquoted content you get the quotes added by CSS, for everything else 
you get the author-provided quotes.)

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