Open Bug 1484732 Opened 1 year ago Updated 1 year ago
Is author part of <cite> or not?
:: Developer Documentation Request Request Type: Correction Gecko Version: unspecified Technical Contact: :: Details Concerning https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTML/Element/cite Per Bug 1432084 the community is stating that whatwg.org is more accurate than w3c. W3C is using "author" all over their examples in <cite> at https://www.w3.org/TR/2017/REC-html52-20171214/textlevel-semantics.html#elementdef-cite but https://html.spec.whatwg.org/dev/text-level-semantics.html#the-cite-element specifically seems to be saying that author is not part of <cite> But W3C seems to be saying it is because they use it in so many examples and state that it is... so I edited it in to the first paragraph of <cite> at https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTML/Element/cite but now after reading your Bug 1432084, I am wondering if I was wrong to do this? Yes, I know that whatwg states they are the best, but I don't believe them. Sorry. W3C is so much cleaner and makes so much more sense to me than some of what whatwg has. But really, I like mozilla because it seems to be the definitive answer and most up-to-date, so I'm trying my best to help you by editing. Need guidance for future edits, not just this one. Instead of editing the document, usually I've been sending in a bug report so I don't cause issues. Is that the best way? Or should I continue to edit the documents when I feel that it's the best thing to do?
MDN's official policy for years has been that when WHATWG and W3C disagree, we always go with the WHATWG specification. Unless there's a compelling argument to make an exception (I don't recall offhand any times we've made an exception, though I could be wrong), I would recommend that we restore the original text.
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