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Re: img issue: should we restrict the URI

From: Philip Taylor <pjt47@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2008 17:54:08 +0000
Message-ID: <49357640.4030002@cam.ac.uk>
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
CC: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> 3)  In practice sites somewhat commonly have <img src="">.  We (Gecko)
>     have had 28 independent bug reports filed (with people bothering to
>     create an account in the bug database, etc) about the behavior
>     difference from IE here.  That's a much larger number of bug
>     reports than we usually get about a given issue.  I can't tell you
>     why this pattern is so common (e.g. whether some authoring
>     frameworks produce it in some cases), but it seems that a number
>     of web developers not only produce markup like this but notice
>     the requests in their HTTP logs and file bugs about it.

Out of 104879 pages with at least one <img src>, from my collection of 
pages from dmoz.org, there are 529 (0.5%) with at least one empty <img 

I don't see any obvious pattern in those pages - there's a mixture of 
old and new pages, dynamic and static pages, hand-written and various 
generators, etc. So it doesn't appear to be the result of a single tool.

Philip Taylor
Received on Tuesday, 2 December 2008 17:54:43 UTC

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