Research, data, use cases, issues, and enhancements related to the HTML5
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The cite element has been used (and recommended to be used) to refer to speakers in a conversation, or individuals when quoting them, thus HTML5 should explicitly permit and encourage this use.
This section serves to document both uses in the wild, and long-standing recommendations/documentations thereof.
examples in the wild
- 2003-08-23: Won’t somebody please think of the gerbils? by Mark Pilgrim:
I mark up names of people I link to (like in the list above) with the CITE tag, and I have a script that runs every night that aggregates those tags and creates posts by citation.
- transcript of the presentation “What Brian Cant Never Taught You About Metadata”, by Drew McLellen (this is from a template I provided the transcription company; all others are similar structure. brucel)
- Many blog posts on adactio.com, e.g Blame from 2008-01-09:
...something Bruce Sterling said at last year’s South by Southwest...
- Default WordPress theme ("Kubrick") uses cite for name of commenters. That's approx 46 bajillion instances.
- The transcripts for comics (#34 and onward) at CSSquirrel. The links to the transcripts are hidden from sighted users, one example is: Transcript #35 2009-09-08
- 1998-04-24 HTML 4.0 REC
Contains a citation or a reference to other sources.
As <CITE>Harry S. Truman</CITE> said,
<Q lang="en-us">The buck stops here.</Q>
More information can be found in <CITE>[ISO-0000]</CITE>.
- 1999-12-24 HTML 4.01 REC (same definition and examples as quoted above).
- 2005-03-13: The Elements of Meaningful XHTML presentation (to an overflowing room at SXSW Interactive 2005 in Austin, TX) specifically, slide10 and following document blog quote markup, and slide 19 and following document conversation markup.