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Use of the Q element for inline quotes

From: Eadie, David <D.Eadie@gcal.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2005 11:49:39 +0100
Message-ID: <09FFF345110913458F1C9D8850F41D6002C5E167@EXCHANGE.enterprise.gcal.ac.uk>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi all,

To quote or not to quote, that is the question...

I was discussing markup for inline quotes with a colleague the other day
and the level of browser support for the Q element highlighted a problem
for accessible textual content. The browser of choice(?) for most users
(according to statistics) Internet Explorer does not enclose the content
of the Q element in quotes, while browsers such as Firefox, Mozilla and
Opera do enclose the content of the Q element in quotes. 

If we are to believe the WAI guidelines then the use of the Q element
will enhance the semantic impact of the text for a non-visual user. So
should web developers use the Q element with/without quotes?

David Eadie
Business Information Management
Caledonian Business School
Glasgow Caledonian University
Tel: 0141-331-8775
Fax: 0141-331-3199
email: d.eadie@gcal.ac.uk
Received on Monday, 10 October 2005 10:52:57 UTC

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