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Re: Void elements in HTML (Was: ZIP-based packages and URI references into them ODF proposal)

From: Philip Taylor <pjt47@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2008 00:57:08 +0000
Message-ID: <495AC364.40303@cam.ac.uk>
To: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
CC: public-html@w3.org

Jonas Sicking wrote:
> [...]
> I actually think it would be great to support the ending-slash syntax
> for all elements in HTML5. I have several times ended up writing
> things like <div id=foo></div>, and having it consistently supported
> in both HTML mode and foreign content mode would actually reduce the
> differences between them which I think is a great thing.
> I have heard of some real world pages that would break if the empty
> element syntax was supported everywhere, however I wonder if it's many
> enough that we need to adjust HTML to accommodate them.

There's millions - a quick search through some random pages gives lots 
of examples of <a ... />...</a>, which would clearly break, like:

http://www.haliburtonrealestate.on.ca/ -- <li><a 
href="http://www.mls.ca" target="_blank" title="Multiple Listing 
Service" />MLS</a>

http://www.ccitula.ru/ -- <a href="pages/virtv.htm"/> <img 
src=http://www.ruschamber.net/banner/VEru158x50.jpg border=0></a>

http://takasago.shop-pro.jp/ -- <a href="?pid=1912944" /><img 
class="border" /></a>

http://www.alternativegreetingcards.com/ -- <a href="products.asp?id=57" 
class="submenu" />Wizard of Oz</a>

Philip Taylor
Received on Wednesday, 31 December 2008 00:58:08 UTC

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