W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > public-html-bugzilla@w3.org > February 2012

[Bug 13409] Defining Entity references for characters in XHTML.

From: <bugzilla@jessica.w3.org>
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2012 09:31:08 +0000
To: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
Message-Id: <E1RsWWy-0001qX-AP@jessica.w3.org>

--- Comment #15 from David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk> 2012-02-01 09:31:02 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #14)
> Adding new DTDs is not backwards-compatible and provides no new abilities,
> hence the requirement that they be already-supported DTDs.

I'm sorry Ian, but that description just doesn't match the reality of the

The description of any DTD in that list being "new" is highly mozilla-specific,
and doesn't even match mozilla's behaviour.

pre html5 only mozilla based browsers special cased the mathml dtd PUBLIC IDs
in that way, IE (in its xml parsing mode) fetched any specified dtd and others
(as far as I know) didn't fetch the mathml ones.

Mozilla's list as implemented included useful version-agnostic dtd support in
addition to the list of PUBLIC ids, as it special cased any dtd that had
"mathml" in its SYSTEM ID. This is why the MathML 2 and MathML3 specs used to
render perfectly OK, but now give fatal parse errors.  I don't see how you
could cause that to happen, then claim "backward compatibility" as an excuse
for not fixing it.

Configure bugmail: https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/userprefs.cgi?tab=email
------- You are receiving this mail because: -------
You are the QA contact for the bug.
Received on Wednesday, 1 February 2012 09:31:10 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Wednesday, 7 January 2015 16:31:26 UTC