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Re: Why the quote element doesn't add quotes by default

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 09:31:27 +0000 (UTC)
To: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Cc: Masayasu Ishikawa <mimasa@w3.org>, www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0408100926571.30338@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Tue, 3 Aug 2004, Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote [1]:
> It seems thus obvious that it is very misleading to state that authors 
> can use style sheets to add the quote marks, if they do, the document 
> would break in user agents that do not support style sheets, rendering 
> e.g. "[QUOTE: ... ]" instead of "'...'" seems to be allowed but is 
> something rather stupid to do for a user agent. Even if they are allowed 
> to render quote marks or other indicators for a quote, it would likely 
> break as the user agent does not know whether the author included the 
> quote marks in the document, they would have to deal with all of [...]

Bjoern makes some very valid points in his e-mail [1]. Is there any chance 
the HTML working group could reply to his post? I am curious to understand 
what the intended use of the <quote> element is.

[1] http://www.w3.org/mid/412cd93e.866696553@smtp.bjoern.hoehrmann.de

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