[whatwg] The blockquote element spec vs common quoting practices
Jukka K. Korpela
jkorpela at cs.tut.fi
Sun Feb 12 02:04:13 PST 2012
2012-02-12 8:36, Nils Dagsson Moskopp wrote:
>> Since in current usage, <blockquote> means just “indent” more often
>> than not, browsers and search engines should not and will not imply
>> any specific semantics for it. Thus it will be pointless to use it.
> Riveting tale, chap. Can you provide proof?
Regarding browsers and search engines, what else could constitute a
proof than the absence of any information about them doing anything with
<blockquote>? Apart from the obvious default rendering, with indents,
Regarding the usage, I have not collected statistics on this during my
20 years of browsing web pages, and I don’t think anyone has. So
objective argumentation is somewhat difficult. In this discussion, I
mentioned the WIPO document
issued by a reputable organization, and if you look at the source code,
you’ll see that the page uses <blockquote> just for subparagraphs, not
for quotations. I’m sure that if you start looking around, you’ll see
<blockquote> used mostly for mere indentation.
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