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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 17:37:06 +0000
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--- Comment #4 from Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3cbug@gmail.com> 2011-03-04 17:37:05 UTC ---
Okay, my bad.  It should be class=impl, sure.  But a note would still be
helpful for people who run across a <plaintext> element and have no idea what
crazy thing it's doing and look for <plaintext> under "Obsolete features"
(which is the logical place to look for it) and find that the only mention
seems to suggest it works the same as <pre>, which it clearly doesn't, so they
assume it's an error in the spec and (if they're generous) file a bug report,
like our good friend 88.114.29.18.  It can just be a one-sentence pointer to
the parsing section.  The current spec is actively misleading, IMO.

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