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[Bug 10038] New: Document should state that parsing is based on IE6 and possibly other UAs

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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 09:23:00 +0000
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           Summary: Document should state that parsing is based on IE6 and
                    possibly other UAs
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 differences from HTML4 (editor: Anne van
        AssignedTo: annevk@opera.com
        ReportedBy: marcosc@opera.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html@w3.org, annevk@opera.com

>>>> for this syntax which are largely compatible with popular
>>>>> implementations.
>>>> Please reference the implementations on which the parsing is based.
>>>> And please explain why those implementations (be it browser or search
>>>> engine) were chosen as the basis on which the parsing algorithm was
>>>> based on.
>>> I don't think this is of relevance to this document, but it would sure
>>> be interesting.
>> I disagree. It's common knowledge that parsing is mostly based on IE6.
>> I don't see the problem with mentioning IE6 there.
>> If the common knowledge is wrong, then this is the document that has
>> to set the record straight.
> As I explained before this document is not about explaining how HTML5
> design decisions were arrived at.

I'm asking you to make a statement of fact, not to explain how the fact 
was derived. so you could say "this syntax which are largely compatible 
with popular implementations because it is largely based on Internet 
Explorer 6's behavior."

It's important to document history here: without it, we are bound to 
make the same mistakes again. If other implementation played a role 
(e.g., the way Google's spiders process pages), then those should be 
documented too.

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