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[xhtml2] Questions

From: Jens Meiert <jens.meiert@erde3.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 16:34:17 +0000
To: "W3C HTML" <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <7912.1092414824@www35.gmx.net>

Well, can you please shed some light on some XHTML 2.0 issues (though
they're rather questions which concern former HTML versions):

- For non-native English speakers, it's sometimes difficult to understand
the difference between <cite /> and <quote />, since citations often seem to
be quoted, too (this is a presentational aspect, I know).

I must admit, what exactly is the semantic difference? I always perceived
the <quote /> and <blockquote /> elements as a more general approach to
represent citations, too.

(Also, there is <quote /> and <blockquote />, <code> and <blockcode />, but
only <cite /> -- and not <blockcite />. This is something which is
irritating, too, and which rather supports the confusion mentioned above.)

- Is it right that the <dfn /> element [1] /must/ be used only in the
context of the definition of the enclosed term (as the example suggests)?
(If so, wouldn't it be useful to add this note, too?)

- Last, ain't it still kind of misleading that the definition list [2] is
called like this, though it rather seems like a kind of 'assigment' or
'attribution list'? (I always wondered about this a bit.)

And does any dialogue (as it's suggested by the second <dl /> example)
really comply with a 'definition', ain't that really and rather anything
like an 'assigment' (speaker 1 - text, speaker 2 - text, and so on)?

Thank you letting me dig out these questions ;)

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml2/mod-text.html#sec_9.4.
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml2/mod-list.html#sec_11.1.

Jens Meiert
Interface Architect (IxD)

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