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[Bug 12817] New: The hr element (and others) Compliments for a great piece of work. However, one issue threatens to undermine the future of HTML5: wellformedness is not required. This may generally lead to ambiguity (did the author intentionally omit the closing tag?) and

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Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 09:51:21 +0000
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           Summary: The hr element (and others) Compliments for a great
                    piece of work. However, one issue threatens to
                    undermine the future of HTML5: wellformedness is not
                    required. This may generally lead to ambiguity (did
                    the author intentionally omit the closing tag?) and
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
               URL: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#top
        OS/Version: other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: contributor@whatwg.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


Specification: http://www.w3.org/TR/2011/WD-html5-20110525/
Section: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#top

Comment:
The hr element (and others)

Compliments for a great piece of work. However, one issue threatens to
undermine the future of HTML5: wellformedness is not required. This may
generally lead to ambiguity (did the author intentionally omit the closing
tag?) and slower parsing (larger context required). It would be a missed
opportunity if HTML5 would not meet this generic XML requirement. Meanwhile,
the whole professional world has learned to <hr /> and <br />. Please consider
abandoning this "feature".


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