The cite element is about the source, not the author
I assumed the correct way to structure a blockquote was something like:
<blockquote> "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want." <cite>Bill Watterson</cite> </blockquote>
Turns out I’ve never read the actual spec for the
citeelement represents the title of a work (e.g. a book, a paper, an essay, a poem, a score, a song, a script, a film, a TV show, a game, a sculpture, a painting, a theatre production, a play, an opera, a musical, an exhibition, a legal case report, a computer program, etc). This can be a work that is being quoted or referenced in detail (i.e. a citation), or it can just be a work that is mentioned in passing.
A person’s name is not the title of a work — even if people call that person a piece of work — and the element must therefore not be used to mark up people’s names.
A better route? Both
footer are suitable for the task.
<blockquote> "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want." <footer>Bill Watterson</footer> </blockquote>
Or, we can cite the source while attributing the quote:
<blockquote> "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want." <footer>Bill Watterson, <cite>Calvin and Hobbes</cite></footer> </blockquote>
This is all different from inline quotes, of course, which are wrapped in the
<q>"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want,"</q> he said with a wistful look upon his face.