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Bug 6977 - Unnecessary sentence in <cite> presentation
Summary: Unnecessary sentence in <cite> presentation
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: pre-LC1 HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson) (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All All
: P5 enhancement
Target Milestone: FPWD
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Keywords: NoReply
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-05-29 08:19 UTC by Olivier Gendrin
Modified: 2010-10-04 13:54 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description Olivier Gendrin 2009-05-29 08:19:39 UTC
Reading the work about cite [1], I have been disturbed by the second sentence : "This can be a work that is being quoted or referenced in detail (i.e. a citation), or it can just be a work that is mentioned in passing.".

We should remove this, it's an unnecessary precision that drives people to ask themselves unnecessary questions.

Comment 1 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2009-06-02 02:58:46 UTC
Like what kind of questions?

The sentence is there because HTML4 said something different, and I want to make sure we're clear that you don't have to actually cite it.
Comment 2 Olivier Gendrin 2009-06-07 07:15:42 UTC
Like the one I asked myself : "what, there is a difference in the spec in the markup for the title of a 'work being quoted' and the one for a 'work mentioned in passing', I missed that. Ok I read it all again."

And I agree that the HTML4 version of this element was unclear, but you could write it directly without introducing unwanted questions (like "please note that the HTML 4 specification of this element was unclear.").
Comment 3 Maciej Stachowiak 2010-03-14 14:48:12 UTC
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