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[Bug 12148] I strongly believe disallowing 'true' and 'false' in boolean attributes will cause significant confusion in the future. Already, you can find respected web developers incorrectly referring to attributes as true and false. For instance: http://blog.getif

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--- Comment #6 from Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu> 2011-02-21 21:28:16 UTC ---
> How would you propose that this burden of proof could possibly be met?

For pure markup stuff like this, there have been a number of studies of web
content out there; some done by Google using their data others done by people
examining dmoz pages and whatnot.

> There was FAR less of a standard of proof necessary for the async=false
> breakage.

That was a situation where UAs disagreed and a behavior had to be chosen, no? 
This is a situation where every single browser for the last 10-15 years has
done something and you want to change to doing something else.  Or am I missing
something here?

> Would something like that be sufficient to move the ball forward,

That would make it a lot easier to convince implementors, yes...  Whether it
would be enough, I don't know (I can't even speak for Mozilla here, much less
other implementors).

> I'm suggesting that this is a whole different class of problem

No.  It's really not.  The content is still there, and fixing it is just as
much work.  It doesn't matter that much what the _intent_ was of it being
there, and even the mechanics only matter if there are some sort of tools
generating this sort of markup.

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