[thelist] book and author names - use the cite tag or span?

Timothy J. Luoma luomat at operamail.com
Sun Sep 21 17:44:47 CDT 2003

On Sun, 21 Sep 2003 22:25:55 +0000, Dunstan Orchard 
<dunstan at 1976design.com> wrote:

> If I mention the name of a book and an author in a web page, should I 
> have any special tags around the names?

Theoretically probably <cite> although in reality I doubt it matters.

> Example code:
> <p>Captain Corelli's Mandolin and the three-book series The War of Don
> Emmanuel's Nether Parts, Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord, and The 
> Troublesome
> Offspring of Cardinal Guzman, will forever be at the heart of my book
> collection. Their author, Louis de Bernieres, is a ... etc</p>

> If I don't use that, and I want to visually style the names of the 
> books, what would people suggest? It seems a little bit mucky to stick 
> <span class="book"> around every book name...

I'm always in favor of a closer fit, so I'd say <cite class="book"> or 
<cite class="movie"> or so forth.

But again, in real life, does it matter (i.e. are there any tools that are 
going to use <cite> that couldn't adapt to <span>)?  Not that I can think 


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