Re: Change back the semantics of <cite>

On Thu, 2009-09-10 at 20:34 +0200, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> In the draft, the semantics of <cite> has been altered to not cover what 
> it covered in HTML 4.
> HTML 4:  "CITE: Contains a citation or a reference to other sources."
> HTML 4 example: 
>   As <CITE>Harry S. Truman</CITE> said,
>    <Q lang="en-us">The buck stops here.</Q>
>   More information can be found in <CITE>[ISO-0000]</CITE>.

I consider that a bug in the HTML 4 spec. I wish I had
reviewed it more closely.

I added <cite> to HTML 2 based on stuff like TeXinfo:

"Use the @cite command for the name of a book that lacks a companion
Info file. The command produces italics in the printed manual, and
quotation marks in the Info file."

The idiom goes back before TeXinfo, of course:

"Emphasis: Italics & Quotation Marks
Titles. The titles of books and the names of periodicals in your text
and references."
 -- Chicago Manual of Style Crib Sheet

"When to use
The titles of works that stand by themselves, such as books or
newspapers: "He wrote his thesis on The Scarlet Letter." "


Dan Connolly, W3C
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