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

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Jul 30 15:20:30 PDT 2009

On Thu, 30 Jul 2009, Mirko Gustony wrote:
> Given I want to ensure programs (maybe Google) will understand as well 
> who is the author of what. But how would I explicitely mark up Douglas 
> Crockford as the author of the quote (and maybe the book too)?

In practice, I don't think any software actually uses this information, so 
I wouldn't worry too much about including it.

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

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>
     <p>— <cite itemprop="com.example.citation">HTML5</cite></p>

...and then having the tool that is to process this data interpret the 
microdata that way.

(The example above would result in the following data:

    +-- com.example.text: "\n   You can take part in this work.\n  "
    +-- com.example.citation: "HTML5"

You could use the "work" and "vcard" vocabularies for the citation part, 
too, if you want more than just a string.)

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http://ln.hixie.ch/       U+263A                /,   _.. \   _\  ;`._ ,.
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