[whatwg] [web-apps] 2.7.8 The i element
lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au
Sat Apr 16 06:45:43 PDT 2005
Ian Hickson wrote:
> Is there any advantage to marking up people's names?
The only reason I have ever marked up any name is for linking to their
home page or other page about them like this:
<a href="http://www.hixie.ch/">Ian Hickson</a> said <q>Hello</q>
I see little reason to add specific elements for this purpose to a
general purpose markup language like HTML.
> Maybe we should just let ship names be marked up by <i>
Perhaps. it's been argued many times before that i is the most suitable
element to use for such purposes; but then again, italics for ship names
is merely a typographical convention and the i element is as meaningless
However in the absense of a more semantic element, making use of a
non-semantic element with the desired with the desired visual rendering
to convey some form of semantics to the reader is sometimes acceptable.
> and say that <cite> can be used for any reference to a publication,
> including those that aren't really citations ("my favourite book
> is <cite>...</cite>").
I think it should be limited to cases where it really is a citation. In
that case, it would probably be better to mark that up as:
My favourite book is <a href="urn:isbn:0-735-71245-X">Eric Meyer on
http://GetFirefox.com/ Rediscover the Web
http://GetThunderbird.com/ Reclaim your Inbox
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