[whatwg] Bibliography Markup in HTML5
ian at hixie.ch
Mon Oct 5 19:51:52 PDT 2009
On Sun, 27 Sep 2009, tjeddo wrote:
> I am surprised at how little concern there seems to be over the lack of
> bibliography markup in HTML5.
There's a lot of concern, but it was deemed that microdata is a better way
of addressing this than specific elements.
> What if HTML5 specified this approach--except that in place of the <dl>
> (definition list) tags, a collection of entries would be contained
> between <bibliography> tags? That is, the above example would look as
> <bibliography> ...
> <dt id="refsRFC5322">[RFC5322]</dt>
> <dd><cite><a href="http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc5322.txt">Internet Message
> Format</a></cite>, P. Resnick. IETF, October 2008.</dd>
> The value here is the elimination of ambiguity
> and that a number of new inferences can now be drawn by user agents.
> With the <dl> tags, the interpreting agent can only determine that there
> is a definition list containing term/definition entries. Whereas, in
> the context of a new bibliography section element, user agents can
> unambiguously interpret the 'dt' element to be the displayed content
> that humans identify a bibliography entry by (e.g., "[RFC5322]" in the
> example given).
Why is this valuable? How do you expect browser vendors to change their
interface to use this?
Why would it not be better to have a microdata vocabulary for this?
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