[whatwg] Element content models

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com
Thu Nov 30 01:45:09 PST 2006

I've been meaning to send a rambling discussion of annotations to either
the www-html or whatwg lists at some point. However, I would vehemently
stress that it is not that uncommon for notes and marginalia to
themselves have notes or marginalia, and it would seem particularly odd
to allow that in the limited space of paper but not the free expanse of

When an author cannot got hold of a work herself, she must sometimes
cite a citation of that work in second work. This is what the
abbreviation cit. is for. And sometimes a citation refers to more than
one version of a work. Here's an example out of the Oxford Style Guide:

J. D. Denniston, /The Greek Particles/ (Oxford, 1934; citations are from
the 2nd edn., 1954).

Without more clarity (and that partly means examples) on how <cite />
should apply to the complexity of real academic citations, I'd avoid
making the assumption that <cite /> cannot contain <cite /> -- for now.

Unfortunately for us, the all-important bibliographic microformat is
still at a brainstorming and data collection stage:


Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis

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