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Re: Making the HTML language self-describing

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2009 11:35:03 +0000 (UTC)
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Cc: Martin Atkins <mart@degeneration.co.uk>, public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0901081134020.29785@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Thu, 8 Jan 2009, Henri Sivonen wrote:
> On Jan 8, 2009, at 04:03, Ian Hickson wrote:
> 
> > > However, my concern isn't making the void elements actually do 
> > > something, but rather the cascading failure that happens as soon as 
> > > you use an unknown void element.
> > > 
> > > The entire page shouldn't break just because one element is not 
> > > supported by the parser.
> > 
> > Could you elaborate on this? I'm not aware of any cascading failure 
> > that comes from using any of the void elements proposed in a UA that 
> > doesn't parse it as expected.
> 
> s/cascading/selector/

The only case new in HTML5 where you can't wrap the offending element in 
<span> is <source>, and for those it's easy to work around the resulting 
DOM in the selectors if that is actually needed.

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