Ok you all know about " " or ' '. You may use them often. But are you using them right?
First let us look at the different forms of using Quotes:
Quoting a person's comments - "LSW is the greatest web designer of all time". You agenerally write this with an accreditation. Stef said "LSW is the greatest web designer of all time". Now we know how Stef feels *grin*.
Sarcasm or highlighting - Now let us move the quotes, LSW is the "greatest" web designer of all time. Now one can say that you are saying I am the greatest, but highlighting the Greatest to suggest that you do not feel this way or using sarcasm. Stef said "LSW is the 'greatest' web designer of all time", now you can easily see Sref?s look of contempt as he says it.
Or it can in other sentences mean that the word is special. Stef said "LSW is the greatest 'accessible' web designer of all time", in this case it is not sarcasm, here you can say Stef thinks I am not the best designer of all time, but I am the best accessibility designer of all time. Also highlighting in a form of separating text from the surroundings.
But that is the easy part. now let us look at the web specifically.
One of the most misused tags on the net is
. Time and time again I see it used by people instead of paragraphs because they like the default style of blockquotes. But Blockquote has a meaning and you are confusing people possibly when you misuse it for formatting, that is what CSS is for. So when do you use them?
- is a inline element really meant for being used inside paragraphs and sentences.
- is a block level element, a stand alone block of text and must include block-level elements such as headings, lists, paragraphs or divas.
- now this is tricky as few agree. Some think it should not be used. Some claim it is replacing and better than
while still others say it is for use when you are for instance not quoting something spoken, but more like if you were to cite a section of a book or something of that nature.
When you use these tags people expect a text from a third person or source and reference to who said/printed it. By simply using it to format text visually you can confuse non visual users when the software interacts with that text in a different way.
You can give credit in different forms like "Stef said...", "in a article at Killersites.com....". However HTML gives us another form. It is the cite attribute.