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Re: Modify blockquote element definition to allow citations

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jukka.k.korpela@kolumbus.fi>
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:52:35 +0300
Message-ID: <52122323.4010305@kolumbus.fi>
To: public-html@w3.org
2013-08-19 11:58, Steve Faulkner wrote:
> I have made some data available:
> https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/377471/html5bq/index.html
> [...]
> observations:
>   * blockquote usage from these pages appears to be largely for its
>     intended use.
How did you infer that? A quick look at five first examples suggests the 
opposite. Blockquote is used for "setting apart" (with indentation) 
important passages, and only casually for something that could be 
regarded as a quotation from an external source.

Perhaps you counted the use of blockquote for blog and forum entries as 
being "for its intended use". In such cases, there is normally no 
external source where the text could have been quoted. A visitor's 
contribution is not a quotation (though it could be quoted elsewhere, 
referring to the blog or forum as source).

In any case, blockquote is far too established to be removed or changed. 
Its real effect is to set default margins on all sides, and the HTML5 CR 
more or less standardizes this. Everything else is really just talk 
about principles that people should apply when using this element, which 
is rather idle, unless there are some real projects going on, aiming at 
doing something based on some "semantic" definition for blockquote.

Yucca, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
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