Historically, adding the source of a
<blockquote>was a semantic conundrum. If you add it as content of the
<blockquote>, then semantically it would become part of the quote, right?
<q>) have a cite attribute for the URL of the quote’s source, to provide context. That’s hidden data, however, and despite the potential for exposing the cite attribute via CSS and/or JS, that’s not as useful as a visible link.
HTML5 comes to our rescue with the
<footer>element, allowing us to add semantically separate information about the quote.
Although these rules are still far from having stabilised [i], they're an interesting example of the power unleashed by html5 for drafting content precisely and semantically._______________
- html5 Doctor added an update to their post today stating that "It seems our long-running convention of using
<footer>for attribution inside a
<blockquote>is in keeping with the
<footer>part of the spec, but not with the
<blockquote>part. We’re investigating…" [↩]