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[xhtml2] XHTML 2.0 User Agent Conformance

From: <karl@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2006 03:27:42 -0000
To: www-html-editor@w3.org
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This is a QA Review comment for "XHTML 2.0"
8th WD

About http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-xhtml2-20060726/conformance.html#s_conform_user_agent

	"If a user agent encounters an element it does not 
	recognize, it must continue to process the content 
	of that element. If this "unrecognized" element uses 
	recognized attributes, those attributes must be processed 
	with their usual semantics."

What is a recognized attribute? 
Except specific attributes like xml:id, xml:lang, etc. All attributes have a meaning only under the scope of a specific element, if the element is not recognized, how the attribute can be recognized?

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2002/06/xhtml2/"
    <title>Minimal XHTML 2.0 Document</title>
    <p>some text</p>

	"7. When rendering content, user agents that encounter 
	characters or character entity references that are 
	recognized but not renderable should display the document 
	in such a way that it is obvious to the user that normal 
	rendering has not taken place."
Obvious  is not a term for interoperability. It is not a testable fact.

	"Note that this specification does not generally 
	specify the behavior of conforming implementations 
	when presented with non-conforming documents. This is 
	either defined by an underlying specification (e.g., 
	[XML]) or left to the implementor."
That is bad, plus the fact it is contradictory. A strictly XHTML 2.0 conforming document will not have foreign markup: 

	"A strictly conforming XHTML 2.0 document is a document 
	that requires only the facilities described as mandatory 
	in this specification"
but the User agent conformance talks about "unrecognized" elements, which makes a non conforming document.

Karl Dubost - http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
W3C Conformance Manager, QA Activity Lead
   QA Weblog - http://www.w3.org/QA/
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