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Re: Support Existing Content

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 10:23:30 +0200
To: "Gareth Hay" <gazhay@gmail.com>, "David Hyatt" <hyatt@apple.com>
Cc: "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.troxlg1t64w2qv@id-c0020>

On Wed, 02 May 2007 10:06:29 +0200, Gareth Hay <gazhay@gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm not sure I understand.
>
> If an author is claiming to be writing HTML5 (possibly by  
> DOCTYPE="html5" or some such mechanism) why can we not hold the author  
> to that?
> If the page does not conform, is not well formed, an error is displayed.
> During the creation process of the page, the author will see this error  
> - long before it is released into the wild - and if they so desire (as  
> in they can't be bothered to fix it) they can change what they claim to  
> write to "tag-soup" and the browser is free to do it's best - albeit  
> different browsers will do different things, but on the author's head be  
> it.
>
> I don't see this as breaking backwards compatibility, but it also allows  
> for a clear future path to an end point where 90% of the web isn't  
> tag-soup rendered completely differently depending on platform, browser,  
> or weather changes.

This doesn't take into account HTML content created from script. It's also  
unclear when you would show an error and how you would handle  
extensibility in this case.


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Anne van Kesteren
<http://annevankesteren.nl/>
<http://www.opera.com/>
Received on Wednesday, 2 May 2007 08:23:42 UTC

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