Summary: let empty metadata-elements pass through tidy
           Product: MediaWiki
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: Normal
         Component: Page rendering

The English and the German Wikipedia use the COinS microformat (see WP article)
to embed citation metadata. It specifies a span with class="Z3988" and a
title-parameter for the data. Usually the span is empty, but that does not work
with MediaWiki: Tidy removes them (when they have no id). There are some hacks,
but all of them include a element displayed on the screen, which shows its
(ugly) title when hovering about it.
I'm not sure how far a solution for this problem can go, but I propose tidy to
let pass any empty element which has at least one attribute. If that is not
desired, you may implement an exception matching exactly to this class

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