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Re: [html4all] HTML5 Alternative Text, and Authoring Tools

From: Dave Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 11:57:36 -0700
Message-Id: <p06240851c45237ac1370@[10.71.0.248]>
To: HTML Working Group <public-html@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>

At 10:46  -0700 15/05/08, Matt Morgan-May wrote:
>On 5/15/08 12:43 AM, "Henri Sivonen" <hsivonen@iki.fi> wrote:
>>  The notion that a syntax specification should require software
>>  conforming to the specification  to produce syntactically non-
>>  conforming output under some circumstances is patently bizarre. We
>>  shouldn't require something that is bizarre in a way that it doesn't
>>  fit the software developer mindset, because then we don't get the
>>  reactions we want from software developers.
>
>So what should an authoring tool do when someone creates an <img> element
>with no @src? (Not a 404, a missing @src.) What about a missing </table>? An
>unclosed attribute value? An unterminated entity? Guessing at any of these
>things can have unintended negative consequences.

These are all syntax errors (or pointless constructions) which a 
WYSIWYG tool can easily avoid.
-- 
David Singer
Apple/QuickTime
Received on Thursday, 15 May 2008 19:00:28 GMT

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