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Subject: RE: [dita] Behavior of <q> element

I'd rather not say this.  It's a style question that
may differ from one house to another as to whether
they want to author the quotes or not and/or how the
quote is to be presented.

The determination of what text may be generated for
a given element in a given context and/or what other
formatting it gets for a given output (e.g., one may
format things differently for PDF output and HTML
output) should be left to the style specification,
however such is provided to a given composition system.
This is outside the scope of the DITA specification.

So the answer to how <q> should be processed is that
it should be processed however its style specification
indicates for a given application.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert D Anderson [mailto:robander@us.ibm.com] 
> Sent: Tuesday, 2009 January 06 9:44
> To: dita
> Subject: [dita] Behavior of <q> element
> Hello,
> Going through the review comments to the specification, I found that
> somebody asked for examples of how <q> should be processed. 
> Generally, we
> try to stay away from processing behaviors, but this one may be an
> exception. The current description gives no suggestions as to 
> whether or
> not quotes should be generated. I checked the HTML 4.01 
> specification to
> see what they say; that specification says that q must be 
> rendered with
> quotations, and that users should not add their own quotes. 
> It goes on to
> say that the quotes should be rendered in a 
> language-sensitive manner. See
> the section on rendering quotations:
> http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/text.html#edef-Q
> Should we make a similar statement? I do not want to add 
> behaviors that
> MUST be done without consulting the full TC, so - this is my 
> consultation.

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