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Re: [whatwg] JavaScript function for closing tags

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:46:58 +1000
Message-ID: <CAHp8n2mdkvmsp6wExwjv3JECEciQk4tKdJZfPKYxeQyCEynGVw@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Michael A. Peters" <mpeters@domblogger.net>
Cc: "whatwg@whatwg.org" <whatwg@whatwg.org>
Hi Michael,

It seems to me that the TextTrack API is made for this use case.
Why does it not work for you?

Cheers,
Silvia.


On Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 4:36 PM, Michael A. Peters
<mpeters@domblogger.net> wrote:
> There does not seem to be a JavaScript API for closing open tags.
>
> This is problematic when dealing with WebVTT which does not require tags be
> closed.
>
> Where it is the biggest problem is when the document is being served as
> XML+XHTML
>
> I tried the following hack which seemed to be working:
>
> cleandoc = document.implementation.createHTMLDocument("FuBar");
> cleanbody = document.createElementNS("http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml",
> "body");
> cleandoc.documentElement.appendChild(cleanbody);
>
>
> Then I could do the following when with a WebVTT cue:
>
> cleanbody.innerHTML = string;
> return (cleanbody.innerHTML);
>
> That *mostly* works but seems to sometimes fail when string contains
> entities, such as &#160;
>
> What happens is it returns an empty string.
>
> Given that WebVTT is part of HTML5 and browser native html5 audio players
> don't support caption tracks forcing us to write our own implementations if
> we want captions with audio, it sure would be nice if there was a pure
> JavaScript way to just add closing tags to a string because there is never a
> guarantee valid WebVTT cue has closed tags which are required for XHTML sent
> as XML.
>
> Seems to me that a JS native function to add missing closing tags would have
> more application than just WebVTT cues.
>
> I looked for a jQuery filter that does it, but could not find one.
>
> It also could be of benefit in emulating document.write() as many of
> Google's tools *still* require document.write() despite the issues with
> document.write() and XML having been known for 15+ years now.
>
> Any chance of getting a parser into JavaScript that at least would be
> capable of closing open tags in a string passed to it?
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