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[whatwg] Editorial comments on WebApps 1.0 section 9.1.2

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 16:49:42 +0000 (UTC)
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0612011645570.4460@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>
On Fri, 1 Dec 2006, Elliotte Harold wrote:
>
> The contents of the element must be placed between just after the start 
> tag (which might be implied, in certain cases) and just before the end 
> tag (which again, might be implied in certain cases).
> 
> I wonder about the "just after" and "just before". Is there something in the
> middle that is not just after and just before?

I guess not.


> I think it might be clearer to state, "The contents of the element must 
> be placed between the start tag (which might be implied, in certain 
> cases) and the end tag (which again, might be implied in certain 
> cases)." or "The contents of the element must be placed after the start 
> tag (which might be implied, in certain cases) and before the end tag 
> (which again, might be implied in certain cases)."

This seems like minor word quibbling. We're not even remotely stable 
enough yet to worry about minor wording issues like this. :-)


> and what about the word "placed"? That seems to suggest that one could 
> put this content somewhere else. I think of it more as the placement 
> defines what is and is not the content so how about,
> 
> "The content of the element is all the text between the start tag (which 
> might be implied, in certain cases) and the end tag (which again, might 
> be implied in certain cases)."

That has no normative conformance criteria (it's just a definition). That 
might be a useful definition if we were defining a parser, but here we are 
defining a serialisation format, so what's important is to give the 
conformance criteria for authors writing documents.

Thanks for the feedback,
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