[html5] Author of a quote - how to mark up?

Mirko Gustony mirko.gustony at gmail.com
Mon Aug 3 07:08:17 PDT 2009

Hello Ian,

thank you for your answer.

On Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 12:20 AM, Ian Hickson<ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> In practice, I don't think any software actually uses this information, so
> I wouldn't worry too much about including it.

This looks like a "chicken egg causality dilemma" to me. HTML does not
support it therefore there is no program which will read it. But if
there is no program to read it there is no need for HTML to support
it. Right?

> If the source you are citing has a URI, you can give it in the cite=""
> attribute.


> If you have an actual practical use for this (i.e. there is a site that
> you really want to process this information, not just a theoretical desire
> to maybe have it useful one day), then I would recommend creating a
> microdata vocabulary for yourself, as in:
>   <div item="com.example.quote">
>     <blockquote itemprop="com.example.text">
>      <p>You can take part in this work.</p>
>     </blockquote>
>     <p>— <cite itemprop="com.example.citation">HTML5</cite></p>
>   </div>
> ...and then having the tool that is to process this data interpret the
> microdata that way.

Or use a microformat or RDFa (which will have to be supported by HTML5
then—will it?).

So, there is no way to do this without creating a new vocabulary in
HTML5. I wonder if I am the first who asked this …


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