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[Bug 5752] Parsing should be specified for future updates

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Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2008 01:51:21 +0000
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--- Comment #9 from Philip Taylor <excors@gmail.com>  2008-06-15 01:51:21 ---
(In reply to comment #2)
> On the issue of the solidus, can you provide some reference for the claim that
> solidus characters appear in significant quantities of content for unknown
> elements that the author does not mean as a self-closing element? I have never
> encountered it in my research.

Grepping through a few thousand random pages, it's pretty easy to find lots of
cases of trailing slashes where the author seemingly hasn't got a clue what
they're doing at all (and therefore wasn't intentionally meaning to get
self-closing-tag parsing), like:

http://www.careconsultants.com.au/ - <country-region w:st="on" />United
Kingdom.</country-region />

http://www.freeamerican.com/ - <y /> <nbsp; />

http://www.metrodfwhomes.com - <div ...><ewe /><table ...>

http://www.garwoodkennels.com/ - <img ...><TAG/><p ...>

http://www.malaysiacricket.com/html/s01_home/home.asp - <NAMESPACE prefix="o"
ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><NAMESPACE prefix="o" />[repeat
another 9 times]<namespace prefix = o /><o:p></o:p>

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