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Re: HTML comments in <title> elements - valid or not?

From: Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor <roconnor@uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 12:06:25 -0500 (EST)
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
cc: W3C HTML <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.95q.991108120354.20728C-100000@wronski.math.uwaterloo.ca>
On Mon, 8 Nov 1999, Dan Connolly wrote:

> Perhaps we should have added a NOTE about why this restriction is there:
> it's there because older HTML implementations treated <!--...---> as
> character data, and I think some versions of the HTML spec declared
> the TITLE element as CDATA. So there are known interoperability
> problems,
> so authors are prohibited from going there.

Why did you not also add the restriction that `<' must be escaped by using
an entity.  For if TITLE was CDATA then `<X' would be illegal for suitable
X, but it would be legal under HTML 4.0.  By the same reasoning `<' should
be escaped under most condiditions in HTML 4.0

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Russell O'Connor                           roconnor@uwaterloo.ca
       <http://www.undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca/~roconnor/>
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