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

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008 19:37:34 -0400
Message-ID: <47F418BE.7010503@w3.org>
To: public-html@w3.org

Hi, Folks-

James Graham wrote (on 4/2/08 12:10 PM):
> 
> David Carlisle wrote:
>> <a href="/folder" />
>>
>> then surely it should  generate an empty element,
> 
> Experience suggests that making this kind of apparently-simple syntax 
> change the /shouldn't/ break pages inevitably /does/ break pages and so 
> is unacceptable. Unless you can present strong evidence to the contrary, 
> it think it's safe to assume that "/> generates an empty element in 
> HTML-served-as-text/html" is not compatible with "don't break the web".

I believe the argument that we risk breaking some HTML pages if this 
rule is applied.

I don't believe that the same situation applies to SVG or MathML content.

This is why I've proposed the <ext> element, to provide a context in 
which an XML or XML-like parsing does not risk breaking legacy pages. [1]

[1] http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/Extensions#Proposal_2:_Extensibility_Element

Regards-
-Doug Schepers
W3C Team Contact, SVG, CDF, and WebAPI
Received on Wednesday, 2 April 2008 23:38:08 GMT

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