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

Hi Robert,
I think it wise to add a note about processing although not indicate
that it is a requirement. Many users do not know the history of these
elements. Following the HTML guidelines seems like a good choice for an
explanation with the proviso that the result they may get will be
dependent on their style sheet.


JoAnn Hackos PhD
Comtech Services, Inc.
Skype joannhackos

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert D Anderson [mailto:robander@us.ibm.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 8:44 AM
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,
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
say that the quotes should be rendered in a language-sensitive manner.
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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