[whatwg] Expanding the cite element

Schalk Neethling schalk at ossreleasefeed.com
Thu May 6 01:06:19 PDT 2010

Hi all,


I really like this idea, how would this be handled from a presentational point of view? I guess it will be a CSS style issue but, will browsers implement some standard way of displaying these cite elements if it has the uri attribute?


Schalk Neethling


From: whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org [mailto:whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of Simpson, Grant Leyton
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 4:44 AM
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Subject: [whatwg] Expanding the cite element


Dear WHATWG list participants,


Forgive me if this conversation has been had before; I've just recently joined the list.  


Is there any value in adding an "href" or "uri" or similar attribute to the <cite> element to indicate a location for a work (or information about the work) or, in the case of a URI, an indicator that can be used as a reference programmatically?


<q> has a "cite" attribute, so it seems to me that if we have a place to link to further information in <q> it makes sense to do so in <cite>.  After all, whether an author quotes from a reference (<q>) or merely discusses it without quoting (<cite>), both of these would end up in a works cited in a traditional paper.  Therefore, I think both should link (or refer) to somewhere.


If it were a URI (and therefore not necessarily retrievable), it would help in cases where the same work gets referenced in slightly different ways:


<p>As Ashley Crandall Amos says in <cite uri="http://example.com/books/crandall/linguisticmeans">Linguistic Means of Determining the Dates of Old English Literary Texts</cite> ... Amos also mentions in <cite uri="http://example.com/books/crandall/linguisticmeans">Linguistic Means</cite></p> 





Grant Simpson
¶ Senior Analyst/Programmer, Office of the Registrar

¶ Doctoral Student, Department of English

¶ Representative, IU Bloomington Professional Council

Indiana University Bloomington




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