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

This could be in the form of a recommendation against additional
quotation marks, coupled with the observation that if you do elect to
add your own quote marks, you must of course not render <q>...</q> as
quotation marks, and that there is an overhead cost for localization and
portability (one of Gershon's points). 

Of course <lq> like <BLOCKQUOTE> shouldn't have this issue, but I -have
seen people put quotation marks around an indented paragraph, so there
could be an educational aspect to this.

The W3C/HTML language has to deal with inconsistent browser behavior
(Microsoft is noncompliant until IE-8), whereas we have inconsistent
stylesheet behavior to consider.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Grosso, Paul [mailto:pgrosso@ptc.com] 
> Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:59 AM
> To: dita
> 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.
> paul
> > -----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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