[whatwg] the cite element

Kristof Zelechovski giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl
Wed Jul 1 09:36:34 PDT 2009

The CITE tag does not mean "I am a citation".  It is as confusing for
novices as can be but the specification cannot do anything about it because
it is already established.  It means "Citing what?" and it does not mean
"Citing whom?".  A book title is the obvious answer to this question.  As I
understand it, the CITE element can contain an anchor around the title, so
you can have a URI as well.  In particular, it could be an ISBN URN,
although the browsers would have to support the ISBN namespace instead of
saying "Bad URL" or something.

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