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Re: Rethinking HTML 5 (Was: Re: Semicolon after entities)

From: Andrew Sidwell <takkaria@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 01 May 2007 17:19:26 +0100
Message-ID: <4637688E.4070300@gmail.com>
To: "Philip Taylor (Webmaster)" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
CC: public-html@w3.org

Philip Taylor (Webmaster) wrote:
> Geoffrey Sneddon wrote:
> 
>> How will the browsers know how to support bad practice? The purpose of
>> putting it in the spec is so that all browsers support invalid HTML
>> consistently.
> 
> /That/ has little or nothing to do with defining HTML5, which
> is what I believe to be the remit of this group.  By all means
> let there be a working group to define how browsers should behave
> when faced with invalid HTML 4.01- (a.k.a. tag soup), but do not
> let their work interfere with the task in hand, which is to define
> what the next iteration of HTML should be, and how browsers should
> behave when presented with a /valid/ instance of it (and, perhaps,
> how to fail gracefully when presented with something that claims to
> be [valid] HTML5 but is not).

If HTML5 is to be backwards-compatible and have well-defined error
handling, then I'm not sure how much that differs from defining error
handling for existing content.

Andrew Sidwell
Received on Tuesday, 1 May 2007 16:30:31 GMT

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