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Re: Other syntax: part of my review of 8 The HTML syntax

From: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 06:09:52 -0500
Message-Id: <44AE2578-D229-4E7F-8CC1-4855E1934E0A@robburns.com>
To: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>

On Aug 14, 2007, at 5:14 AM, Robert Burns wrote:

> Summary
> --------------------------------
>   Rework the HTML syntax to be about HTML in the broadest sense of  
> the term
>   Use HTML to refer to the broadest sense of HTML and 'text/html'  
> to refer to the serialization
>   Move the syntax chapter to chapter two (2).
>   Specify error-handling for the XML serialization with respect to  
> misused '&', "<' and unknown character entities

On this last issue, I'm mostly interested in the stray '&' and the  
unknown character entities (more so than the stray '<'). The indirect  
effect on well-formedness for '<' is probably much harder to deal  
with than '&'.  Much more than unknown character entities, the stray  
'&*' is a well-formedness constraint violation and a non-fatal error 
[1]. Current browsers apply the draconian error-handling for well- 
formedness errors to these validity errors.

Take care,

[1]: <http://www.w3.org/TR/xml/#dt-chardata>
Received on Tuesday, 14 August 2007 11:10:00 UTC

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