[uf-discuss] Re: Jeremy's inline friend link pattern

Toby A Inkster mail at tobyinkster.co.uk
Thu Dec 6 08:11:31 PST 2007

Jeremy Keith wrote:

> As far as I can see, the CITE element can (and should) be used when you
> are *referencing* a resource (book/film/person, etc.) regardless of what
> the surrounding context is.
> So in HTML I could say:
> The film <cite>Gone With The Wind</cite> contains the line <q>Frankly my
> dear, I don't give a damn</q>.
> But I could equally say:
> <cite>Gone With The Wind</cite> is a film.
> Or even:
> <cite>Gone With The Wind</cite>

I think you're taking the meaning of "referencing" a bit too far -- taking 
it to mean "mentioning", whereas I think the intention of the HTML spec is 
that it means "including as a reference", which is a somewhat narrower 

If your interpretation is right, then it would be equally correct to write:

	<p><cite>Cheese</cite> is a <cite>food</cite>.</p>

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