Re: B.10 Empty elements?

Len Bullard wrote:

> 3.  Is the processing time severe for the case you state?
> I realize this question has many hands to argue with.

While the average case time may not be "severe", the worst case behavior may be 
and therefor cannot be ignored. 

If an empty element is inserted high in a document instance (say an <A> within a 
high-level <DIV> in HTML 3.2), the emptiness of <A> cannot be inferred until the 
enclosing element is closed - or the parser performs lookahead. Either way, 
processing is delayed and application complexity increases.

I might trade speed for complexity but I'd hate to lose speed while increasing 
complexity. Bad tradeoff.