RE: use of <mark> to denote notes in quoted text

> From: Reinier Kaper [] 
> Sent: Saturday, September 07, 2013 9:14 PM
> Okay so focussing on the semantics here, what would be the
> most appropriate way to convey the meaning of the marked
> text?

In the content is where I am leaning right now.

> Let's say we have a quoted piece of text and we want to
> "take" a small part of it and elaborate on it.
> If there's no appropriate element for it, then one could be
> created if there's enough use-cases. The mark element seems
> to partially express the right meaning (e.g. "this piece is
> of some sort of relevance"), but how do we link it to the
> context?

Right now (I know you are leading up to your example), I am thinking it becomes a footnote. I expect the content would all be available if styles and script fail to load -- assuming this is content that is key to understanding the text or conveying some information. At which point the <mark> just becomes a style hook...?

> How about the following markup. How could we link the
> 'marked' piece to the explanation?
> (Granted, the mark-up is a little elaborate this way)
> <figure> 
>   <blockquote> 
>     <p> "I thought you said that you were only using a <mark> 
> half pound</mark>  of pasta"</p> 
>     <cite> John Doe</cite> 
>   </blockquote> 
>   <figcaption> The source of the confusion when John
> accidentally boiled too much water for the pasta. He
> mistakenly assumed only half a pound of pasta was used.
> </figcaption> 
> </figure> 

The problem is that there is nothing to discretely link the <mark> to the <figcaption>. Include multiple <mark>s and now you have no clean way to differentiate them.

Perhaps something like this?

I thought you said you were only going to use a half pound <mark>[1]</mark> of pasta. Now whose <mark>[sic]</mark> going to eat all this stuff? Are you trying to make me fat? <mark>[2]</mark>
     <p>John to Cindy on Saturday night.</p>
     <p id="f1">This accounts for the 2 cups of water he boiled.</p>
     <p id="f2">Clearly he was being snarky.</p>

(trying the <footer> approach instead of the <figure>) In this case, the <mark> can mark up the two footnotes (which could be links to the IDs below) as well as the [sic] which doesn't need any more detail.

Which brings me back to thinking that <mark> (in this context) doesn't do anything a <span> couldn't do.

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