Re: argument for deprecating BLOCKQUOTE in canonical HTML/XHTML

On Tue, 03 Apr 2007 00:03:41 +0200, Murray Maloney <>  

> A BLOCKQUOTE is a distinguished paragraph.

Visually, right?

> It is presentational markup in the same sense that <P> and <OL> are
> presentational markup.

Which elements are <p> and <ol>'s inline equivalents?

> And I support the existence of that class of presentational markup for
> documents on the Web.

<blockquote> would make sense if there were only block-level quotes. But  
there aren't. There's also inline quotes and their difference is only  
significant on the presentational level.

> Using the same element inline and as a block is confusing.

Not at all. CSS authors do this *all the time* with <li> for example, to  
make a menu present itself horizontally instead of vertically.

> Besides which, BLOCKQUOTE is legacy HTML.

I can't see how that's relevant, really.

Asbjørn Ulsberg           -=|=-
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Received on Tuesday, 3 April 2007 09:44:10 UTC