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Re: SHORTTAG </> again

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 22:35:43 +0000 (UTC)
To: Hallvard B Furuseth <h.b.furuseth@usit.uio.no>
Cc: public-html-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0902272233470.8214@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Fri, 27 Feb 2009, Hallvard B Furuseth wrote:
> This got to be a FAQ, but... what's happened to </>?  Have I missed 
> somthing or is that gone from the HTML5 draft?

In practice no browser's ever supported it, so we dropped it (along with 
all the other SGMLisms -- HTML5 is not an SGML language.

It seems unlikely that we can change the syntax too fundamentally at this 
point, due in part to a fear over security problems (we don't want to 
introduce new ways of adding <script> elements to the Web that sanitisers 
will miss) and due in part to the legacy content (there are pages that 
depend on </> not being treated as an end tag to render well).

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