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[whatwg] the cite element

From: Kristof Zelechovski <giecrilj@stegny.2a.pl>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2009 11:10:28 +0200
Message-ID: <37364797278A41BB999202B98CE01A21@POCZTOWIEC>
Instead of:
	<li><q>Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps.</q><br />  --
<cite>William Hazlitt</cite></li>
Consider:
	<li><q>Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps.</q><br />
(William Hazlitt)</li>
Reads equally good, if not better.
Bibliographic references are a topic of its own, and it is not going to be
solved with the CITE element alone.  Bibliography is a form of a database
while hTml is mostly about text.  The best HTML approximation to a list of
bibliographical references is a table, except that tables tend to be
unreadable when they are too wide.  You could also use 
<A HREF="urn:ISBN:." ><CITE >A brief history of time</CITE ></A >
and let the UA figure out the details.
Removing the default style from CITE is too fragile: using the style
attribute makes the code messy and using a class will not survive
copy-paste.
Chris
Received on Saturday, 6 June 2009 02:10:28 UTC

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