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Re: XHTML character entity support

From: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 2009 19:54:07 +0100
Message-ID: <4AEF2ACF.80108@xn--mlform-iua.no>
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
CC: Adam Barth <w3c@adambarth.com>, Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>, Alexey Proskuryakov <ap@webkit.org>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Sam Ruby On 09-11-01 00.22:

> Adam Barth wrote:

> [Personal opinion]
> Given that the HTML5 spec requires every browser to implement features 
> like <font> tags consistently, my personal belief is marking such as 
> non-conforming mean that validation will only be of an academic 
> interest.  And given that the validation rules in place are not being 
> driven by those with an academic bent, I don't understand the target 
> market for such requirements.
> [/Personal opinion]

Microsoft gave us their X-UA-Compatible http-equiv meta tag:

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE8" >

It validates in HTML 4. (I suppose because HTML 4 leaves the 
question of http-equiv to where it should, namely to the HTTP 

It doesn't validate in HTML 5 [1]. But still, our editor 
recommends that we use it, if we must: [2]

]] Therefore I recommend not including the meta tag, or, if you 
are forced to include it, making sure it says "IE=7", even once 
IE8 ships [[

[1] http://hsivonen.iki.fi/doctype/#choosing
[2] http://ln.hixie.ch/?count=1&start=1201080691
leif halvard silli
Received on Monday, 2 November 2009 18:58:26 UTC

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