[whatwg] Problems with the definition of <cite>

James Graham jg307 at cam.ac.uk
Tue Jan 16 04:17:29 PST 2007

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis wrote:
> The /only/ way we will get browsers to display citations in the manner
> expected by the user is with language-sensitive styling of markup that
> differentiates the different components of citations (names, article
> titles, journal titles, page numbers, etc) such as hCite promises to
> provide. The <cite> element alone is far too coarse a tool for this job.

So, to summarise, <cite> is insufficient for extracting useful semantics and has 
a (essentially unchangable) default style which means that it will /at best/ be 
used correctly in English, some of the time, with careful authouring.

You've presented quite a convincing argument to deprecate <cite>.

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