HTML Quote, Blockquote, and Cite elements.

Dan Gayle's picture

I hate to bring this up, but it has always bothered me about Typophile:

Quotations are the backbone of discussion, but two positively mundane HTML elements, <q> and <blockquote>, are disallowed?

Because of this, the poor <cite> element is used and abused, although it is not the most appropriate markup for quotations.

According to the W3C, "<cite>" is markup for text which "contains a citation or a reference to other sources." (HTML 4.01 Specification § 9.2.1 Phrase elements)

Allowing <cite> is fine, even giving it a little semantic wiggle room, but not allowing <q> or <blockquote> is just plain silly.

Given that this is a forum for discussion, shouldn't the proper markup be allowed?

Theunis de Jong's picture

.. shouldn't the proper markup be allowed?

Hear, hear.

(Another technical improvement would be automatically closing all tags in comments at the end of that comment.)

Dan Gayle's picture

Closing the tags would be a great addition as well.

Bert Vanderveen's picture

(Comment removed because those darned > > signs don’t display in a certain context.)

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Bert Vanderveen BNO

Dan Gayle's picture

In order to display < or > signs, you need to use html entities  &lt;  or  &gt;

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