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

Hi Robert,

Since <q> is based on the XHTML spec, I think it's fitting to suggest an
implementation the way they do. In all projects I've been involved with,
I have insisted that the stylesheets render the quotation marks, and
that the authors must not insert them. This makes them portable to other
locales, and reduces the authoring workload.

I'm in favor of using the W3C wording for this element.


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert D Anderson [mailto:robander@us.ibm.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 5:44 PM
To: dita
Subject: [dita] Behavior of <q> element


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:

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

Thanks -

Robert D Anderson
IBM Authoring Tools Development
Chief Architect, DITA Open Toolkit

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