I’m willing to switch to the correct usage of cite, and since my content is in an XML database I can fix it backwards as well as forwards. But here’s the thing: I still want to be able to search quotes by person, not by URI. And I’d like there to be a standard way for other people to write quotes that they, or I, can search by person.
Good point. (X)HTML has no facility for this. A workaround, not breaching the syntax (but the semantic) of (X)HTML would be to use the title attribute instead of a made up one. Sure, nice is neither.
Dublin Core could help out, too. But I know off no way to incorporate DC into (X)HTML elements other than <head>. I believe, if there was a way, DC would be the best solution: it’s already there, tools can handle it and it is an open standard.