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[Bug 14565] New: Chain of normative statements connecting MIME type to HTML vs. XHTML is broken or unobvious

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Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 07:11:16 +0000
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-14565-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=14565

           Summary: Chain of normative statements connecting MIME type to
                    HTML vs. XHTML is broken or unobvious
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: hsivonen@iki.fi
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


I tried to find normative statements in the spec that say clearly connect the
text/html MIME type to the definition of HTML syntax and HTML document and
clearly connect non-text/html MIME type(s) to the definition of XHTML syntax
and XHTML document.

I failed to find the relevant definition chains when I ignored informative
statements (green notes and sections marked informative). That is, right now,
it's hard to find spec-based proof for the claim that HTML vs. XHTML depends on
the MIME type alone for serialization and on the HTMLness flag alone for
document trees.

Please add the normative statements back if they've been taken out (I think
there was a chain of normative statements a couple of years ago) or make them
clearer if they the statements are there and I just failed to find them.

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