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Re: XML5: Re: MicroXML

  • From: Liam R E Quin <liam@w3.org>
  • To: rjelliffe <rjelliffe@allette.com.au>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 13:01:33 -0500

Re: XML5: Re:  MicroXML
On Thu, 2010-12-16 at 21:25 +1100, rjelliffe wrote:

>  I have a strong memory of being told in the 90s (and trying it out) 
>  that "/>"
>  would work in HTML parsers for XHMTL if there was a space before:  eg 
>  "<br />".
>  I had thought it applied to XML tags in general, but it seems not.

See http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/guidelines.html

It did in HTML4 browsers, or at least when we tested it at the time it
was reported to work that way - they added an attribute called "/".

It only worked for elements declared EMPTY - or, more precisely,
hard-wired to be EMPTY - in HTML browsers, so you could not write <p/>
and get anything you might have expected. Unless you expected what
you got, of course ;-)



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