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[Bug 12165] The requirement on the plaintext element conflicts with its old definition and usage. It is better to avoid requiring any support than to require support that breaks legacy usage. The plaintext element should be regarded as undefined in HTML5.

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Date: Fri, 04 Mar 2011 02:37:40 +0000
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--- Comment #2 from Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3cbug@gmail.com> 2011-03-04 02:37:40 UTC ---
plaintext is treated differently by the HTML parser, as its conventional
meaning requires.  See the PLAINTEXT state in the parser:

http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/tokenization.html#plaintext-state

A note to authors of this fact might be worthwhile, so that they don't have to
look into the parser section.

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