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Re: Comments on HTML WG face to face meetings in France Oct 08

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2008 13:52:19 -0500
Message-ID: <493AC9E3.7010404@mit.edu>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
CC: public-html <public-html@w3.org>, www-tag@w3.org

Julian Reschke wrote:
>>    <?xml-stylesheet href="data:text/css,*{font-weight:bold}"?>
>>    <root>text <outer>outer <inner>inner</outer>
> 
> I assume the stylesheet PI is irrelevant here...

It's relevant, because it raises the question of whether the styling 
should be applied.

> It seems you're asking whether it's legal for a recipient to start 
> rendering before the full content has been received (which of course is 
> something users want).

No, I'm asking whether it's legal to leave the rendering in place on 
encountering a well-formedness error.  Which it clearly is, as far as I 
can tell.

> As far as I can tell, there's no reason not to do that; but if the XML 
> content turns out to be non-wellformed (let's please ignore "invalid" in 
> this context), the UA should notify the user that the message was 
> broken, for instance by the famous "yellow screen of death".

In other words, there's no interoperability here.  I think we all agree 
on that.  I just claim that's an undesirable situation, whereas some 
people seem to feel that it's somewhere between OK and to be actively 
aimed for.

-Boris
Received on Saturday, 6 December 2008 18:53:13 UTC

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