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

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Sun Aug 16 04:38:58 PDT 2009

On Thu, 13 Aug 2009, Mirko Gustony wrote:
> >
> > You're not, but nobody has yet said _why_ they want this. :-)
> Well, there is a cite element type which should be used to declare the 
> source of the quotation. Why shouldn't there be an element type or any 
> other way to mark up a author or originato (as Samer Ziadeh suggested)?

The question isn't why there shouldn't be an element, the question is why 
there should be one.

If we add everything for which we can't find good reasons to exclude, 
we'll add thousands of useless features.

> I think there are enough use cases where people want to mark up 
> quotations, citations and authors.

What are these use cases?

> I just think of people from the world of academics who want to publish 
> their papers online in an appropriate manner—they do quote a lot and I 
> bet they also name the authors of quotes.

Sure, but why do they need to mark up the names explicitly?

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