[whatwg] Paragraphs in blockquotes

Masataka Yakura myakura.web at gmail.com
Tue May 11 01:37:19 PDT 2010


On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 5:06 PM, Richard Clark
<hello at richclarkdesign.com> wrote:
> Hi
> We recently received an email from one of our readers on
> html5doctor.com that went like this:
> "Hi, in HTML 4.0 Strict & XHTML 1.0 Strict, text inside a blockquote
> element is required to be nested inside another block-level element,
> e.g. p.
> In HTML5 that requirement seems to have been relaxed, as the following
> element validates successfully:
> <blockquote>This is a blockquote.</blockquote>
> The HTML5 spec uses the p element in the usage examples, but does not
> mention whether it is required.
> Can you please confirm if this requirement has now been deprecated?"
> We tested the below which successfully validated:
> <!doctype html>
> <meta charset=utf-8>
> <title>blockquote test</title>
> <blockquote>Tiger tiger burning bright</blockquote>
> So the question is, are block level elements required in blockquotes
> or can the p's be removed from the examples in the spec?
> Regards
> Rich
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<blockquote> can take any flow content, which is defined as:

> Most elements that are used in the body of documents and applications are categorized as flow content.
> a abbr address area (if it is a descendant of a map element) article aside audio b bdo blockquote br button canvas cite code command datalist del details dfn div dl em embed fieldset figure footer form h1 h2 h3 h4 h5 h6 header hgroup hr i iframe img input ins kbd keygen label link (if the itemprop attribute is present) map mark math menu meta (if the itemprop attribute is present) meter nav noscript object ol output p pre progress q ruby samp script section select small span strong style (if the scoped attribute is present) sub sup svg table textarea time ul var video wbr text


So in HTML5 <blockquote> doesn't require inline contents to be nested
inside another block elements (you may know but that was acceptable
too in HTML4 Transitional).

Masataka Yakura
<myakura.web at gmail.com>

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