Thursday, August 02, 2007
Back to the semantics. There is an attribute of the quote tag meant to refer to the source of the quote. The specification says that the attribute should be a URL. However, none of the browsers, including those that render quote characters, do anything with the CITE attribute.
The blockquote tag doesn't suffer from the debate. However, its cite attribute is still unused.
So, we have this wonderful piece of contextual, semantic information but, the browser provides no way for a user to make use of it, and the average user doesn't even know the information is available.
I built a citation tool-tip script to make floating tool-tips with the cite attribute hyper-linked and with the tag title as a title in the tool-tip. But, isn't this really a work around of what the browser should be doing anyway?
Maybe the next step should be a browser plug-in/extension that can show a "citations" sidebar. This could easily show what is cited and provide navigation to the citation.
I wonder, how many people actually use the "cite" attribute anyway...