cite (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
No HTML 4
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
Partial Partial Partial Partial Partial

Syntax

cite="uri"

Description

Perhaps the reason why the ins element was used to change the page content is explained in an external document. In such cases, you can use the cite attribute to point users to that document.

Example

The cite attribute is used in conjunction with both the del and ins elements below:

<p>Bernie enjoyed nothing more than a <del
    cite="http://berniesworld.com/drag.html"
    datetime="2007-11-05T23:31:05Z">night out on the town at his
    favorite drag queen show</del> <ins
     cite="http://berniesworld.com/drag.html"
    datetime="2007-11-05T23:33:32Z">quiet night in with a warm cup of
    cocoa</ins></p>

Value

This element takes as its value a reference to another document in the form of a URI.

Compatibility

Internet Explorer Firefox Safari Opera Chrome
5.5 6.0 7.0 8.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.5 1.3 2.0 3.1 4.0 9.2 9.5 10.0 2.0
Partial Partial Partial Partial Partial Partial Partial Partial Partial Partial Partial Partial Partial Partial Partial Partial Partial

None of the browsers we tested do anything visual with the cite attribute, but the information is available in the DOM for the purposes of scripting or styling with CSS. Given the nature of how different industries might want to handle/render the way that document changes are indicated to the user, a legal firm’s requirements for rendering a change that has an associated citation included in the markup may differ greatly from that, say, of a leisure center’s health and safety team. How they appear could be radically changed to suit these needs, but by default the browser does not include the information contained in the cite attribute on screen to the user.

The compatibility chart is set to partial, because the information is there for the taking but the browser does not give any hint that there is citation information available, only that there has been an insertion (with the italic font).

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