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[Bug 9350] Make <wbr> element conforming

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Date: Tue, 05 Jul 2011 23:36:22 +0000
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--- Comment #11 from Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no> 2011-07-05 23:36:19 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #10)
> Reopening an already-fixed bug a year later is probably not the best way to
> have  the matter reconsidered.

What is the best way? I am ready to author a Change Proposal. 

Because <wbr> seems like one of  the most pointless and unjustified additions
to HTML5 ever. It seems to have been added solely to bless a Webkit parsing
peculiartiy. There hasn't been provided any real use cases. And Opera folks are
still resisting the solution in the spec as much as am able to read the bugs.
And I find it unlikely that the Webkit behaviour is any worth standardising
around - why would e.g. Firefox change its sane behaviour for the Webkit one? 

> By our process this bug really should have made
> it to CLOSED state already.

I would suggest looking at the facts first and foremost. Speaking of which, I
believe that this (newly updated) test page covers every rabbit hole possible
when it comes to wbr: 

http://malform.no/testing/html5/nobr

Btw, there is one option that has not been discussed, and that is to treat
<wbr> not as a word seperator in the semantic sense but simply an equivalent of 

       emptyElement{display:inline-block}

Because <wbr>, according to my test page (and when we look away from Webkit's
peculiarities) is equivalent to an empty element with display:inline-block.
This solution would also avoid that <wbr> causes "pres<wbr>ident" to be read by
screen readers as two different words.

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