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The term "HTML documents"

From: Mike Brown <mike@skew.org>
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2007 13:05:47 -0600 (MDT)
Message-Id: <200706171905.l5HJ5lNp061907@chilled.skew.org>
To: public-html@w3.org

In section 1.4 (Terminology), this is troublesome: "The term HTML documents is 
sometimes used in contrast with XML documents to mean specifically documents 
that were parsed using an HTML parser (as opposed to using an XML parser or 
created purely through the DOM)." 

I don't like the idea of a term as important and ubiquitous as "HTML 
documents" having a variable meaning in a specification, especially one that's 
about that very topic. I suggest nailing down more precise terminology so 
there is no ambiguity and no need to warn the reader.

Also, perhaps I'm not clear on just how drastic the changes in HTML 5 are (I'm 
only commenting on random things that caught my eye, at the moment), but it 
seems counter to my previous experience to imply that an HTML document cannot 
be created "purely through the DOM".
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