[whatwg] The blockquote element spec vs common quoting practices

Bjartur Thorlacius svartman95 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 14 12:26:20 PDT 2011

On 7/14/11, Kevin Marks <kevinmarks at gmail.com> wrote:
> There is another common pattern, seen in blogging a lot, of putting
> the citation at the top eg
> As <cite class="vcard"><a href="http://www.gyford.com/phil/"
> class="url" rel="acquaintance met colleague"><abbr title="Phil Gyford"
> class="fn">Phil</abbr></a></cite> wrote about the <a
> href="http://www.gyford.com/phil/writing/2009/04/28/geocities.php">ugly
> and neglected fragments</a> of Geocities:</p>
> <blockquote>
>   <p>GeoCities is an awful, ugly, decrepit mess. And this is why it
> will be sorely missed. It’s not only a fine example of the amateur web
> vernacular but much of it is an increasingly rare example of a
> <em>period</em> web vernacular. GeoCities sites show what normal,
> non-designer, people will create if given the tools available around
> the turn of the millennium.</p>
> </blockquote>
> (from jeremy) or pretty much any post here:
> http://www.theatlantic.com/ta-nehisi-coates/
> Would a <header> pattern in the blockquote work for this?
> If I was writing a detector for this pattern, <a> followed by a colon
> and  <blockquote> would do it pretty reliably...
Ideally, the same markup should be used to mark citations up whether
they're displayed one way or another. Whether to render author name(s)
before or after the quotation is a matter of style.

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