[wp-hackers] p inside blockquote

Aaron D. Campbell wp-hackers at ezdispatch.com
Thu Mar 1 21:21:40 GMT 2007

Scot Hacker wrote:
>> <p> can (should?) be nested within <blockquote>, but never the other
>> way around, which leads to a common validation error that WP 1.2.x
>> used to generate by default ('smart' tags).
> OK, so we've got a bunch of variables here:
> - The rules  change depending on the doctype (blockquote switches 
> from  block element to flow element in strict). But doctype is unknown 
> (stored in the template / user controllable), so WP can't know it in 
> advance in order to do the right thing. So we want a rule for this 
> that works as well as possible for all doctypes.
> - While a p inside blockquote probably shouldn't  be enforced for a 
> single block of text, it makes good sense for multiple paragraphs in a 
> blockquote. We probably don't want to try and parse text that finely 
> (i.e. we don't want to try and determine how many paragraphs there are 
> in a blockquote before rendering it), so we need a single rule that 
> works in all cases.
> -  p, div, and blockquote should be treated  differently. They're 
> similar, but not the same. While it might make  sense to enforce p 
> inside blockquote for  text for several reasons, it doesn't make sense 
> to force p inside div for an image or other arbitrary HTML.
> Hairy stuff - no wonder fixing one thing breaks another. I'm not sure 
> how to proceed. Should I file a ticket covering all of this, or file 
> more than one ticket, or go home with my marbles intact and leave  
> well enough alone?
> Scot
To me, it seems like you should aim for a strict doctype, since it would 
still validate as transitional.  Sounds like there might be some 
templates that need their CSS touched up, but complying with strict 
standards is a step forward in my opinion.

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