[whatwg] the cite element

Philip Taylor excors+whatwg at gmail.com
Wed Jul 1 10:09:12 PDT 2009

On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 6:04 PM, Erik Vorhes<erik at textivism.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 11:49 AM, Kristof
> Zelechovski<giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl> wrote:
>> I can imagine two reasons the CITE element cannot be defined as "citing
>> whom":
>>  1. Existing tools may assume it contains a title.
> Existing tools (which I would assume follow the HTML 4.01 spec) would
> be mistaken in their implementation of the <cite> element, then:
> "CITE: Contains a citation or reference to other sources." (See
> <http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/text.html#h-9.2.1>.) Moreover, in
> its sample usage, the HTML 4.01 spec uses <cite> for more than titles.

In practical usage it seems to be used for more than titles:
<http://philip.html5.org/data/cite.txt>. (But I haven't tried working
out what else it is used for, or how commonly it's used for titles.)

Philip Taylor
excors at gmail.com

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