[whatwg] The blockquote element spec vs common quoting practices

Jorrit Vermeiren mercator+whatwg at gmail.com
Tue Jul 19 01:54:49 PDT 2011

On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 22:48, Tantek Çelik <tantek at cs.stanford.edu> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 12:35, Karl Dubost <karld at opera.com> wrote:
>> I like the pattern id/for pattern of forms. We could imagine
>> <p>
>> <span for="quoteA" class="author">Sir John Typo</span>
>> has written plenty of a wonderful thing
>> in <cite for="quoteA">Amazing title</cite> very similar to those in
>> <span for="quoteB" class="author">Susan Spellchecker</span>'s writings
> I really like this pattern.
> <label for="input-id"> is a known working and in use pattern.

It is a known working pattern because it actually has a direct effect
on the UI, not because for+id is somehow more intuitive than its
inverse, id+cite, which is currently not being used. It makes the
label act as a click target for its associated input element, which is
especially useful for radio buttons and checkboxes. That's the reason
why I've used it, in any case, not because I wanted to be semantic in
any way.


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