Re: XMLisms and HTML parsing and modes
On 16/12/2010 23:38, Henri Sivonen wrote: > Also, I believe no IETF or W3C HTML spec that pretends HTML to be an > application of SGML actually enables the NET-enabled start tags. > > Am I mistaken? No, you are not mistaken, although the parsing of /> in html5 isn't compatible with html 4 (as specified) either. As you know, it has (following a general design philosophy) ignored the html4 (and in this case xml) specifications and instead standardised bug compatible behaviour with common browsers. Prior to xml no one would have used /> and while it is no doubt true that having got /> into their documents for one reason or another people have built in assumptions based on the existiing browser parsing, it is still pretty much a disaster that html5 has _introduced_ this xml based syntax into html but then given it a different meaning. David
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