[rfc-i] On blockquotes and notes for v3

Paul Hoffman paul.hoffman at vpnc.org
Sun Feb 23 17:22:46 PST 2014

On Feb 23, 2014, at 5:19 PM, Tony Hansen <tony at att.com> wrote:

> On 2/23/14, 3:24 PM, Paul Hoffman wrote:
>> Greetings again. Based on earlier requests, in draft-hoffman-xml2rfc-02, I added a "style" attribute to <t> whose values are "normal", "blockquote", and "note". In HTML, the blockquote element is often used to indicate "a paragraph with narrower margins to make it look special"; I have never seen anyone other than W3C authors actually put a "cite" attribute in it. HTML has no "note" element.
>> Given that it is not clear that anyone will actually use the blockquote style and the cite attribute for anything semantically important, are people OK with me removing them, leaving <t> with just the "style" attribute? If so, I would change the "style" attribute to have values of "normal" (the default) and "indented", so it is clearer that the use of the style is for formatting, not semantics. To me, this seems cleaner than having authors fake the formatting with things like empty lists and so on.
> Here's an alternative suggestion: provide an "indented" attribute with the values of "left", "right" and "both". It seems both clean and able to provide both types of formatting.

That would word for me as well. I have no other proposals for "style", and "indented" is a lot clearer that this is not semantics. Although we need a default value of "none" as well. :-)

--Paul Hoffman

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