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[whatwg] text/html flavor conformance checkers and <foo />

From: Brad Neuberg <bkn3@columbia.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2005 09:30:35 -0700
Message-ID: <6.2.1.2.2.20050426093007.02af2cc8@pop.mail.yahoo.com>
At 09:04 AM 4/26/2005, Jonny Axelsson wrote:
>On Tue, 26 Apr 2005 17:00:14 +0200, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen at iki.fi> wrote:
>>Lachlan Hunt wrote:
>>>Henri Sivonen wrote:
>
>>>>What should text/html flavor conformance checkers say about <foo />?
>>>>Silently treat as <foo>> as per SGML?
>>>  Yes.
>>
>>What useful purpose would be served by doing so?
>
>HTML never became a SGML application, and though SGML was believed to be
>on the verge of taking over the world in the middle nineties that never
>happened. There is no benefit in my opinion for a modern spec to include
>counter-intuitive SGML features that made sense at the time (or rather in
>a SGML universe). Neither would SGML dependency be desireable.

+1.  When will people stop pretending that HTML is not SGML (it's also not 
currently XML)?  It has developed into its own technology with its own set 
of practices.



>>I'm inclined to choose 3.
>Seconded.
>
>--
>Jonny Axelsson, Documentation, Opera Software ASA

Brad Neuberg, bkn3 at columbia.edu
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