Inline quotations: use q elements or not?
In an A List Apart article titled Long Live the Q Tag [sic], Stacey Cordoni suggests a solution that will enable Web authors to use the
q element for marking up inline quotations and get quotation marks around the quoted text in Internet Explorer.
The recommendation is to mark up inline quotations with the
q element (HTML tags vs. elements vs. attributes), manually add quotation marks outside the
q element, and use CSS to hide the quotation marks compliant browsers automatically render at the beginning and end of
There is a lot of discussion back and forth on this subject, and, well, I have to admit that I’m not quite sure which is best here. Arguments for not using the
q element at all as well as arguments for using it seem valid. My own use of the
q element has also swayed a bit back and forth through the years, as well as what I have been recommending to others.
I do know that I would not use or recommend the method suggested in the article. Out of the available options, it actually seems like the worst choice.
If/when I were to use
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