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Re: Proposal for the deprecation of <blockquote>

From: Karl Dubost <karl@la-grange.net>
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 07:56:02 -0400
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <69B77993-D781-444B-B3C4-814EB098BA74@la-grange.net>
To: "Jukka K. Korpela" <jukka.k.korpela@kolumbus.fi>

Jukka K. Korpela [2013-08-16T07:35]:
> Since <cite> is in practice just one of the ways to italicize text (along with <i>, <em>, and <var>), there's no reason to assume that authors haven't used it that way inside <blockquote> elements, too. So assigning a semantic role to it when appearing in <blockquote> would be arbitrary and lead to wrong conclusions about existing documents.

Assuming the world as an hypothesis for valid usage is a possible option, but it basically leads to invalidates almost all HTML elements, because all of them are used for something which was not the intended purpose. It's the ultimate refutation.

I prefer the option of "here, this is how it is supposed to be used" and let communities, even if small, make good usage of it (communities of agreements). Some of these communities will do a good usage.

If anything could be done for softwares is to give more hooks. So we can use them.

Karl Dubost

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