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[Bug 8038] Permit closing tag for new, void elements - for legacy compatibility = XHTML alignment

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Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
         Resolution|                            |WONTFIX

--- Comment #1 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>  2009-10-25 06:16:08 ---
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: Making the closing tag optional would be remarkably confusing. 



...in a UA where <foo> is void and where it isn't -- what does it contain?

It would also require additional hacks in the parser, to handle:


...as ok but to raise errors for:

   <foo<!-- --></foo>


Also, in practice, the new void elements are not a problem: we haven't
introduced void elements that are affected by this in a major way. <source> is
only useful if <video>/<audio> work anyway, and if they don't, it doesn't
matter if the <source> contains the element's contents. <command> can trivially
be put inside a <div> with display:none, or at the bottom of a <menu>, or in an
<li> in a <menu>, so again, it doesn't really make much difference.

Thus it seems to me that overall, the language is best served by not adding
this extra complexity at this time.

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