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[whatwg] Citing multiple <blockquote> elements in HTML5

From: Calogero Alex Baldacchino <alex.baldacchino@email.it>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 18:23:13 +0100
Message-ID: <4932CC01.9010301@email.it>
Henri Sivonen ha scritto:
> On Nov 30, 2008, at 18:38, Calogero Alex Baldacchino wrote:
>> I'm not sure I'm understanding the whole function of the <cite> element,
> [...]
>> Q: What problem does it solve?
> The <cite> element solves the problem that if one considers <i> evil 
> (I don't) and one wants to conform to the Chicago Manual of Style and 
> one believes that <em> is semantically wrong for titles of work, 
> without <cite> there wouldn't be an appropriate element for 
> italicizing titles of work per CMoS in a way that doesn't depend on 
> CSS being available.
I apologize for the confusion I've introduced in the discussion. The 
question was referred to what I was suggesting (as if I was expecting 
someone to ask me that). The overall point is: define a <cite> with an 
id to describe the whole source, anchor any proper <blocquote> to it, if 
this make sense for interaction and referencing, then, if you need to 
re-cite the source you can do it in a shorter fashion, and using an <i> 
- if you like - or a <cite> without an id (since the wanted unambigous 
relationship has yet been set) but perhaps with a class (if you wish to 
style it through stlye sheets), and anyway to tell a CSS-unaware user 
agent what it is. I hope now that's more clear (I'd hope that was useful 
too, but I leave it out to other contributors and whatwg members).
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