HTML Quote, Blockquote, and Cite elements.

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Dan Gayle's picture
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HTML Quote, Blockquote, and Cite elements.
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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." ([[http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/text.html#edef-CITEM|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?

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.. 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.)

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Closing the tags would be a great addition as well.

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

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Bert Vanderveen BNO

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