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Bug 7491 - Unspecified: quotation punctuation in the blockquote element
Summary: Unspecified: quotation punctuation in the blockquote element
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: pre-LC1 HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson) (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All All
: P4 minor
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Keywords: NE
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-09-03 15:14 UTC by Martin Kliehm
Modified: 2010-10-04 14:28 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Martin Kliehm 2009-09-03 15:14:22 UTC
The current draft 
doesn't have any recommendations regarding insertion of quotation punctuation in the blockquote element. To be consistent with the proposal for the Q element (bug #7490), I'd suggest:

[...] Content inside a blockquote must be quoted from another source, 
whose address, if it has one, should be cited in the cite attribute. 
[NEW]User agents MUST NOT insert quotation punctuation (such as 
quotation marks) into the rendering.[/NEW]

I'd appreciate if any people who are more experienced than me would 
shape this text into something that is suited to go into a draft.

See also and
Comment 1 Martin Kliehm 2009-09-03 16:34:41 UTC
Leif Halvard Silli added (

I would suggest adding

    unless the default rendering is overridden by CSS

so as to make it more congruent with what you said about <q>.
Comment 2 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2009-09-22 01:13:57 UTC
Why would we say anything about quotation punctuation around <blockquote>? Surely block quotes aren't normally quoted anyway? I mean, we also don't say that paragraph shouldn't be quoted, or that headings shouldn't have quotes, or that <kbd> elements shouldn't have "toxic waste" punctuation next to them.

If you disagree, please reopen the bug and explain why you are asking for this, so that I have a better idea of how to fix it.