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cite element not for people's names?

From: Ben Boyle <benjamins.boyle@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 20:35:21 +1000
Message-ID: <5f37426b0802200235o120c28b2u9e6a973f1c19422e@mail.gmail.com>
To: "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>

So I read on a blog [1] that cite is not for people's names now. Sure
enough our draft reflects this [2]. There are some comments
complaining about this. But HTML 4.01 includes an example of cite
using a person's name: As <CITE>Harry S. Truman</CITE> said, ... [3]

That would be contradictory, which I'm not fond of. Do we really want
to decrease the scope of CITE? Is there a design principle involved?
(Are these reasonable questions to ask?)

[1] http://diveintomark.org/archives/2008/02/19/all-these-years
[2] http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#the-cite
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/text.html#edef-CITE
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