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Re: Cleaning House

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 09:27:54 +0200
To: "Julian Reschke" <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, "Philip Taylor" <excors@gmail.com>
Cc: "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.trqposs164w2qv@id-c0020>

On Thu, 03 May 2007 09:22:14 +0200, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>  
> I do understand why a specification for HTML5 parsing needs to specify  
> that. However, a spec for HTML5 authors shouldn't even mention these  
> special case in parsing rules: all I need to know is what tags are  
> allowed where, and whether I need (or am allowed) to close them. In  
> particular, producers of HTML5 documents shouldn't need to read about  
> how broken documents are processed; they are expected to produce correct  
> ones, right?
> So: in favor of splitting the spec (language spec / parser spec).

The syntax section already has two subsections. One about writing and one  
about parsing. Actually separating those from the specification (the HTML  
syntax from the HTML language) is an enormous task for which nobody so far  
has volunteered. I suggest we focus on getting the work done as opposed to  
suggest splitting specifications because it might be a little bit more  
sound solution (although I'm not really convinced about this one, given  
the unfortunate link between parsing and script execution).

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Thursday, 3 May 2007 07:28:04 UTC

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