On 11/20/2012 8:25 PM, Godmar Back wrote:
> Could you elaborate on your belief that COinS is "actually illegal in
> HTML5?" Why would that be so?
Yeah, thanks for calling me on that, I was wrong! Not sure where I got
that idea, but it does not seem to be illegal. (Did some earlier version
of HTML5 get rid of 'title attribute on every element'? Or was I just
Perhaps what I was thinking of is that some people see an accessibility
issue in using the 'title' attribute for non-human-readable data, like
COinS does. As the title attribute theoretically provides extra
human-readable content that a user-agent can display in some cases, and
filling it with non-human-readable data may confuse people. I seem to
recall _someone_ complaining about a COinS title attribute on these
grounds in some app I develop, but I can't remember the details.
Here's others mentioning that potential problem:
However, in practice, that seems to be a problem more likely, if at all,
with title attributes on <abbr> elements, not <span> elements like
COinS. If you google around, you find a lot of people complaining about
the reverse problem -- don't assume that adding a "title" attribute to
your <span> provides an accessible description (say, to visually
impaired users), because most assistive user-agents in fact ignore the
Still, it's kind of messy to use a title attribute for
non-human-readable purposes. And is a large part of the motivation for
> - Godmar
> On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM, Jonathan Rochkind <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> It _IS_ an old unused metadata format that should be replaced by something
>> else (among other reasons because it's actually illegal in HTML5), but I'm
>> not sure there is a "something else" with the right balance of flexibility,
>> simplicity, and actual adoption by consuming software.
>> But COinS didn't have a whole lot of adoption by consuming software
>> either. Can you say what you think the COinS you've been adding are useful
>> for, what they are getting used for? And what sorts of 'citations' youw ere
>> adding them for? For my own curiosity, and because it might help answer if
>> there's another solution that would still meet those needs.
>> But if you want to keep using COinS -- creating a COinS generator like
>> OCLC's no longer existing one is a pretty easy thing to do, perhaps some
>> code4libber reading this will be persuaded to find the time to create one
>> for you and others. If you have a server that could host it, you could
>> offer that. :)
>> On 11/20/2012 4:47 PM, Bigwood, David wrote:
>>> I've used the COinS Generator at OCLC for years. Now it is gone. Any
>>> suggestions on how I can get an occasional COinS for use in our
>>> bibliography? Do any of the citation managers generate COinS?
>>> Or is this just an old unused metadata format that should be replaced by
>>> something else?
>>> Dave Bigwood
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>>> Lunar and Planetary Institute