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Re: Proposal for the deprecation of <blockquote>

From: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:12:00 +0100
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To: "Jukka K. Korpela" <jukka.k.korpela@kolumbus.fi>
Cc: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Hi Jukka,

I don't think I saw any actual reason, but that's really immaterial.

to put it another way, I didnt see any good argument to restrict it

>From my review of the data, it is often used for attributing something to
an author (some examples)

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On 16 August 2013 12:35, Jukka K. Korpela <jukka.k.korpela@kolumbus.fi>wrote:

> 2013-08-16 14:10, Steve Faulkner wrote:
>> Ok so reading the various historical threads and articles on the issue
>> there appears to be good reasons for allowing the use of <cite> in context
>> of an citing an author as well as a title of a work.
> I don't think I saw any actual reason, but that's really immaterial.
>  Looking at how cite is used in the wild [1] it is often used in this way.
> Looking at the collection of actual usage, although it is often difficult
> to guess what the content really is and why <cite> is used, it becomes
> evident that software processing HTML documents cannot make any assumptions
> about the meaning of <cite>. Since people use e.g. <cite>|<cite>,
> <cite>46,282</cite>, and <cite>Copyright &copy; 2012 Fairfax Media</cite>,
> there's nothing semantic we can assume. The only thing that we can
> reasonably infer is that authors probably wanted the text to appear in
> italic, since that's how browsers actually render <cite>, and that's all
> they do with it.
> 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.
> The practical impact would be small, if no software would actually do
> something based on a definition that says that <cite> somehow semantically
> relates to an enclosing <blockquote>. But if programs won't do such things,
> what does it matter which markup is used for quotations amd citations?
> --
> Yucca, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~**jkorpela/ <http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/>
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