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Re: is it necessary to disambiguate (using markup) inline notes,citations and original markup? [was] use of <mark> to denote notes in quoted text

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jukka.k.korpela@kolumbus.fi>
Date: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 23:53:51 +0300
Message-ID: <522E355F.4010704@kolumbus.fi>
To: public-html@w3.org
2013-09-09 23:37, Adrian Roselli wrote:
> If I come across this (horrible, broken code) on a site:
> 	<h7>Why did the monkey fall out of the tree?</h7>
> 	<b><div>He was dead</b>.</div>
> Are you saying I cannot correct it when I stuff it into a <blockquote>?


Horrible as it might seem, it has defined behavior (as error recovery). 
You may choose to not quote it (and perhaps instead paraphrase it), but 
if you decide to quote, quote shall it be.

> What if the HTML has a barrier to accessibility in it? That can make my site run afoul of legal requirements, which would put me on the hook for litigation/fines in order to not break a... what would I be breaking?

Beats me. If you are afraid of that, don't quote such material.

The quoted text, with its markup, is at the responsibility of its author.

> It's certainly, IMO, more immoral to leave something broken for a disabled user than it is to change someone's underlying HTML when I quote it.

Morality aside for the moment, the Berne convention says:

"Independently of the author's economic rights, and even after the 
transfer of the said rights, the author shall have the right to [...] to 
object to any distortion, mutilation or other modification of, or other 
derogatory action in relation to, the said work, which would be 
prejudicial to his honor or reputation."

But it's really stronger than that. Authorship gives the author an 
exclusive right to publish the work, as a whole on in part. The right to 
present quotations is an exception to that right and is to be 
interpreted in a narrow sense. It means that certain conditions must be 
fulfilled, and in addition, the quotation must not be altered just 
because you, as a person who quotes someone else's work, don't like some 
choice of words, emphasis, markup, or content.

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