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a quote is a quote is a quote [was Re: Cleaning House]

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2007 15:12:02 -0400
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <20070503190010.M37111@hicom.net>

Jason A. Lefkowitz asked, quote:
> BLOCKQUOTE is presentational?  It's meaningful semantically -
> - it indicates a block of content that's not original to the 
> document it's embedded in...

i won't burden the list with my full argument for deprecating 
BLOCKQUOTE, but will point you to my proposal to deprecate 
BLOCKQUOTE, after listing a few bullet points:

1) a quote is a quote is a quote: one element should be sufficient to 
quote indicate a block of content that's not original to the document 
it's embedded in unquote -- that's the very definition of a quote;

2) BLOCKQUOTE is presentational in nature;

3) BLOCKQUOTE is a hold-over from print conventions WITHOUT semantic 
meaning (unless you call an arbitrary number of sentences seperated 
from the main text by blank lines and indented margins semantically 

4) why not a single Q or QUOTE element that flows (can serve as an 
inline or block element such as INS and DEL (at least in HTML4x);

please take the time to read my original proposal, archived at:


as well as the threaded discussion that it sparked.
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