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Sid Vishnoi edited this page Aug 24, 2022 · 10 revisions


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Note: This is not the recommended way of linking to terms in other specs. Please use xref whenever possible.

Using data-cite, allows you to cite a spec directly in text by using a spec's id. You can look up an id either directly in ReSpec (using the ReSpec pill > "Search SpecRef DB") - or on

Add "!" on the front of the spec ID makes it a "normative" citation. Excluding it, makes it informative.

It is currently supported on <a> and <dfn> elements:

The syntax for data-cite value is:

spec-id[optional "/" path-to-document]#fragment
<a data-cite="rfc2119#some-section">some text</a>
<dfn data-cite="spec/some.html#fragment">some text</a>