[whatwg] sic element, was: Re: Exposing spelling/grammar suggestions in contentEditable

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com
Thu Dec 30 13:49:24 PST 2010

On Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 8:55 PM, Martin Janecke <whatwg.org at kaor.in> wrote:
> I don't think <mark> is appropriate for what I meant.
> I as the publisher usually don't mean[1] to point a readers attention at spelling errors by someone I quote, I just want to be able to add semantic markup that identifies a part of text as deliberately published just the way it is published.

Indicating where mistakes have been reproduced in transcribed or
quoted text seems like a different usage than Charles's application of
marking mistakes in editable text for potential correction by the

Bearing in mind:


1. What problem(s) does indicating where mistakes have been reproduced solve?

2. What other solutions to this problem might there be?

3. What's the advantage of using markup to do this rather than visible
text like deadtree. What's wrong with "The House of Representatives
shall chuse [<span lang="la">sic</span>] their Speaker and other

4. It seems like "sic" would be a very rarely used feature. Why do we
need to include it in the small, core HTML vocabulary rather than an
RDF vocabulary imported into HTML via annotations like RDFa,
microdata, or microformats?

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis

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