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Bug 9512 - 4.6.5: the cite element when a person's name is the work's name
Summary: 4.6.5: the cite element when a person's name is the work's name
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: pre-LC1 HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson) (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All All
: P5 trivial
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Depends on:
Reported: 2010-04-14 00:57 UTC by Nick Levinson
Modified: 2010-10-04 14:30 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description Nick Levinson 2010-04-14 00:57:07 UTC
I agree with the intention, but a person's name may coincide with a book's name, the same is true of any work encompassed by the cite element in section 4.6.5, and why it coincides doesn't matter. Therefore, if a work's name happens to coincide with a person's name, the cite element should not be forbidden.

I propose adding the following clause to the HTML5 section, after "not be used to mark up people's names": ", unless the latter is coincidentally the name of the work".

Thank you.
Comment 1 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2010-04-14 06:46:11 UTC
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: What matters is what the contents of the element is referring to, not whether it coincidentally matches something else that wouldn't be appropriate if used in context. I think adding the text you suggest would just make things more confusing.
Comment 2 Nick Levinson 2010-04-15 02:22:51 UTC
Okay; closing.