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[Bug 13120] Delegate <wbr> support to quirks-mode - make it have zero effect in no-quirks and almost-standards

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Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2011 19:53:12 +0000
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Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3cbug@gmail.com> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
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             Status|REOPENED                    |RESOLVED
         Resolution|                            |WONTFIX
            Summary|Delagate <wbr> support to   |Delegate <wbr> support to
                   |quirks-mode - make it have  |quirks-mode - make it have
                   |zero effect in no-quirks    |zero effect in no-quirks
                   |and almost-standards        |and almost-standards

--- Comment #8 from Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3cbug@gmail.com> 2011-07-06 19:53:11 UTC ---
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: Quirks mode is evil -- it makes the platform significantly more
confusing and complicated, both for authors and implementers.  We want to keep
the differences between quirks and standards to an absolute minimum.  The only
grounds for standardizing quirks are if they have to be quirks for web compat,
or (theoretically) if the behavior is extremely horrible but we can't get rid
of it completely but we could get away with making it a quirk.

In this case, if we don't want support for <wbr>, we can remove support
entirely.  As you point out, compat is not an insurmountable issue here, since
browsers don't consistently support it anyway.  Thus we should get rid of it if
we don't want it, and keep it in all modes if we do.  Making it quirks-only is
the worst of all worlds.

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