Re: ensuring the existence & enhancing the power of Q

On 03.04.2007, at 00:11, Asbjørn Ulsberg wrote:

> On Mon, 02 Apr 2007 23:52:48 +0200, Ian Hickson <> wrote:
>>> Instead of enhancing the Q element, we should deprecate it and  
>>> replace
>>> it.
>> Replace it with what?
> A new element, <quote> for example.


>> What should we do with the existing content that uses <q>?
> It will still be supported, but deprecated in favour of <quote>.


>> 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.)
> Instead of shoe-horning this into <q>, isn't it better for future  
> content authors to have a <quote> element that has this  
> functionality out of the box as well as being able to replace  
> <blockquote>?


I agree fully.

Received on Tuesday, 3 April 2007 00:28:47 UTC