Re: Can't find <open-quote>, <close-quote> characters in spec

Marc Salomon (
Wed, 2 Nov 94 11:18:47 EST

|> For HTML 3.0, I am proposing a new quote element <q>...</q> that
|> automatically generates quote characters around the enclosed text.
|> The choice of double or single quotation marks will depend on the
|> level of nesting of quotes. Otherwise, we will be able to use the
|> standard ISO entity names for these marks.
|I like it. I assume that the spec will recommend that the
|exact choice of quoting characters be a browser-configurable
|option? Otherwise we'll be in danger of enforcing cultural
|imperialism on cross-continental platforms.

Putting on the SGML purist yarmulke for a sec, isn't this a clear case for
the use of existing entities rather than creating new elements? Do quotes
really convey enough structural representation to warrant inclusion as elements
or are they just commonly used special characters that require nesting rules
(is that structure enough) for proper presentation?