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[whatwg] Expanding the cite element

From: Schalk Neethling <schalk@ossreleasefeed.com>
Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 10:06:19 +0200
Message-ID: <006701caecf3$043d3a50$0cb7aef0$@com>
Hi all,

 

I really like this idea, how would this be handled from a presentational point of view? I guess it will be a CSS style issue but, will browsers implement some standard way of displaying these cite elements if it has the uri attribute?

 

Schalk Neethling

 

From: whatwg-bounces@lists.whatwg.org [mailto:whatwg-bounces@lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of Simpson, Grant Leyton
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 4:44 AM
To: whatwg at lists.whatwg.org
Subject: [whatwg] Expanding the cite element

 

Dear WHATWG list participants,

 

Forgive me if this conversation has been had before; I've just recently joined the list.  

 

Is there any value in adding an "href" or "uri" or similar attribute to the <cite> element to indicate a location for a work (or information about the work) or, in the case of a URI, an indicator that can be used as a reference programmatically?

 

<q> has a "cite" attribute, so it seems to me that if we have a place to link to further information in <q> it makes sense to do so in <cite>.  After all, whether an author quotes from a reference (<q>) or merely discusses it without quoting (<cite>), both of these would end up in a works cited in a traditional paper.  Therefore, I think both should link (or refer) to somewhere.

 

If it were a URI (and therefore not necessarily retrievable), it would help in cases where the same work gets referenced in slightly different ways:

 

<p>As Ashley Crandall Amos says in <cite uri="http://example.com/books/crandall/linguisticmeans">Linguistic Means of Determining the Dates of Old English Literary Texts</cite> ... Amos also mentions in <cite uri="http://example.com/books/crandall/linguisticmeans">Linguistic Means</cite></p> 

 

?

Best, 

 

Grant Simpson
? Senior Analyst/Programmer, Office of the Registrar

? Doctoral Student, Department of English

? Representative, IU Bloomington Professional Council

Indiana University Bloomington

 

 

 

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