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Re: "/>" (was Re: several messages about New Vocabularies in text/html

From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2008 17:27:35 +0100
Message-Id: <200804021627.m32GRZrg021645@edinburgh.nag.co.uk>
To: jg307@cam.ac.uk
Cc: public-html@w3.org, www-math@w3.org

> Experience suggests that making this kind of apparently-simple syntax change the 
> /shouldn't/ break pages inevitably /does/ break pages and so is
> unacceptable. 

It's odd that earlier in the the thread we were told that proper
handling of html5 would require a real html5 parser (of which several
ought to be available) but in the same thread there is the repeated
requirement that html5 "work" with the existing html4 parsers. (Which
presumably doesn't go as far as saying what the HTML spec (by reference
to sgml) says it should do for /> which is to treat the > as character

So if html is really a problem make /> generate an empty element for all
elements unless specified otherwise, and then specify otherwise for all
(non-empty)  html elements. this still gives the desired feature of
being able to parse past any chunk of XML that's inlined in the
document, which is what's needed for mathml semantics, svg
foreign-element and probaly any number of other uses.


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