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Re: XMLisms and HTML parsing and modes

  • From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
  • To: liam@w3.org
  • Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 00:34:48 +0000

Re:  XMLisms and HTML parsing and modes
On 17/12/2010 00:23, Liam R E Quin wrote:
> So it was in HTML at least as far back as 1995.

> It was probably done so that attribute values didn't need to
> be quoted as long as they parsed as SGML tokens, but had the
> consequence of enabling a whole bunch of other <i/features/

with the html4 sgml declaration <br/> parses as <br>> so it should cause 
a linebreak then typeset a >, and <div/> similarly parses as <div>> so 
should typeset a > at the start of the div.

But as you indicate, typical browsers didn't implement / as specified.
html5 specifies what they did, more or less.


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