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The <who> element (Was: Change back the semantics of <cite>)

From: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 07:34:01 +0200
Message-ID: <4AA9E149.4090605@xn--mlform-iua.no>
To: HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>
CC: Smylers <Smylers@stripey.com>
Leif Halvard Silli On 09-09-11 01.57:
> Smylers On 09-09-11 00.16:
>> Whereas people, even when sources, do not typically have their names
>> distinguished.  So using a <cite> for both prevents it from being able
>> to convey anything useful    
Perhaps you would support a <who> element?

    The <who> element could:

* Mark up names of (or reference to) persons (including juridical 
persons and personified things) and animals.

    * A human citation/source: <cite><who>Truman</who></cite>: "The buck
      stops here".
    * Addressee of an address: <address><who>Leif</who>, 0323 Oslo</address>
    * Someone spoken about: <p>I saw <who>Leif</who>.</p>
    * With emphasize: <p>I saw <em><who>Leif</who></em>.</p>
    * Someone acting: <p><who>Leif</who> saw me.
    * Instance defining who someone is: <p><dfn><who>Leif</who></dfn> is
      a friend.</p> (To use only <dfn>Leif</dfn> could seem strange and,
      again, perhaps the name would be styled differently.

      (The above samples cannot be expressed using <b>, which the draft
      recommends for names in gossip articles. But <who> could be used
      in such gossip articles ... )

* Enrich dialog/dl lists:

    <dialog><dt><who>Leif</who> joined<dd><!--act--></dd>

* Be used as basis for generating name indexes/person registers (from 
everything marked up as <who>)
* Have a broader use than the hypothetical <name> element.
leif halvard silli
Received on Friday, 11 September 2009 05:34:47 UTC

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