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[whatwg] the cite element

From: Kristof Zelechovski <giecrilj@stegny.2a.pl>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2009 18:36:34 +0200
Message-ID: <C35A3C262C444951B57A68A603495F04@POCZTOWIEC>
The CITE tag does not mean "I am a citation".  It is as confusing for
novices as can be but the specification cannot do anything about it because
it is already established.  It means "Citing what?" and it does not mean
"Citing whom?".  A book title is the obvious answer to this question.  As I
understand it, the CITE element can contain an anchor around the title, so
you can have a URI as well.  In particular, it could be an ISBN URN,
although the browsers would have to support the ISBN namespace instead of
saying "Bad URL" or something.
Received on Wednesday, 1 July 2009 09:36:34 UTC

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