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Re: several messages about New Vocabularies in text/html

From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2008 12:52:12 +0100
Message-Id: <200804021152.m32BqC4V019917@edinburgh.nag.co.uk>
To: jg307@cam.ac.uk
Cc: public-html@w3.org, www-math@w3.org



> That problem turns out to be harder to solve than it at first appears
> because of legacy content that has  to keep working.

Including, one hopes, legacy content using content mathml annotations,

> It's not clear to me that all the problems listed should be regarded as fatal, 
> so there is some hope that a solution can be found that doesn't require 
> hardcoding all tag names in the parser.

quite!

Personally, given that we're in html I'd expect that general html parse
rules applied everywhere (automatically closing end tags etc (ie option
2 of proposal 2 in http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/Extensions) It would be
even better if "html style parsing" were something defined, that is,
html5 parsing was specified as a general mechanism over which special
behaviour for specific elements was declared. As it is currently, with
all the special casing hardwired  into the parse algorithm, it makes it
less obvious how that parser applies to other formats (hence the
pressure to explictly list every element you think might be used)


David



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