Alternate Additional Attribute Set for a Single Quote Element


this is a bit of re-thinking of the issues i've raised on-list about 
deprecating Q and BLOCKQUOTE in favor of a single QUOTE element,
summarized at:


there is also a comprehensive review of Q, QUOTE, and BLOCKQUOTE in HTML5
by robert burns:

Additional Alternate Attribute Set for a Single Quote Element

1. @type - defines the type of quotation:

   * type="inline"
   * type="nested"
   * type="block"

these type attributes should determine how a QUOTE is rendered:

   * inline, embedded in surrounding non-quoted text;
   * nested, a way of including a QUOTE that includes a QUOTE;
   * block, render contents of the QUOTE element as a block element

2. a for/id binding between the Q/QUOTE element and the CITE element;
   and a reuse mechanism for newly quoted material derived from the 
   same resource/anchor, which contains previously quoted content,
   or content from a common source

3. choosing a target attribute (actionable quotes pointing to 

     * either reuse @cite or, since @cite is not widely supported, 
       @src could be used to point at target, but i'd prefer a simple 
       @href, since that seems to be the most widely supported 
       exposure mechanism

4. the CITE element needs a targeting mechanism for linking to 
   Dublin Core reference files -- please consult the following:

4a) initial thoughts on redefining CITE's attribute set can be found at:

4b) Dublin Core References & Resources can be found at:

Note: test pages for support for the Q and BLOCKQUOTE elements as defined 
by HTML 4.01 can be found at


primary source documents, marked-up so as to be linked to at the 
paragraph, sentence, and sometimes even clause level can be found 
in the following directory:


the pages also test for support for the CSS2 :before and :after 
pseudo-elements for the generation of emphatic quotes (i used 
the EM element for this purpose, so that there is a fallback to 
demarcate emphasis, even if the open-quote and close-quote values
are not supported by a particular user agent -- in the ideal 
world, emphatic quotes would have the following @media screen style 

em { font-style: italic; }
em.em-quote { font-style: normal; }
em.em-quote:before { content: open-quote; }
em.em-quote:after { contents: close-quote; }

the above style rules for the screen media type, except for the 
em.em-quote's font-style being set to "normal", as well as 
complimentary style rules using the aural media type are used 
within the test documents

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