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Re: TAG Decision on Rescinding the request to the HTML WG to develop a polyglot guide

From: Eric J. Bowman <eric@bisonsystems.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:15:14 -0700
To: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Cc: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>, "www-tag@w3.org List" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20130219091514.24b8eec7e17efbe0e7fbbf52@bisonsystems.net>
David Carlisle wrote:
> On 13/02/2013 22:36, Eric J. Bowman wrote:
> > Apparently I need to make this point, again:  If there was no
> > interest in polyglot, there would be no HTML parser in libxml2; its
> > presence, and widespread use if xsl-list is any indication,
> > indicates otherwise.
> If you can put an HTML parser in front of an XML tool-chain then you
> can pull in unrestricted HTML syntax and you have no need to produce
> HTML documents following the polyglot guidelines which are designed
> to allow an HTML document to be fed to the tool-chain via an XML
> parser.

In some cases where the HTML is "almost" parseable as XML, pointing the
producer to the guidelines may result in XML-parseable output, and thus
no need to put an HTML parser in front of an XML toolchain -- which is
preferable vs. potentially losing something in the translation.

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