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Re: Why HTML should be taught as HTML without pretending it is XML

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2007 10:34:07 +1000
Message-ID: <46A2A5FF.2040102@lachy.id.au>
To: Terry Morris <lsnbluff@gmail.com>
CC: public-html <public-html@w3.org>

Terry Morris wrote:
> At this point I believe it is up to the W3C to follow this groundswell push
> for standards and stricter coding. I've been personally dismayed by the
> posts on this list suggesting that old-style coding will be preferred in
> HTML5.

I don't believe anyone has been suggesting that "old-style coding" is 
preferred.  It's a choice.  Some authors may prefer to close all 
elements, quote all attributes, etc.  Others may prefer not to.  The 
spec does not endorse one set of coding conventions over another.

On the other hand, some people seem to be promoting that idea that 
requiring end tags, always quoting attributes, using lowercase tag 
names, etc. is somehow a superior convention that should be pushed upon 
everyone.  Some even presented evidence of the conventions that some 
popular authors adhere to, with the assumption that their choices are 
automatically better than others.

Well, it's not a popularity contest.  Not everyone agrees that they made 
all the right choices.  Please understand that an author's choice to 
adhere to a different set of conventions does not reduce the quality of 
their markup.

-- 
Lachlan Hunt
http://lachy.id.au/
Received on Sunday, 22 July 2007 00:35:18 UTC

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