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Re: Why bother?

From: Ben Bucksch <ben.bucksch.news@beonex.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2002 14:35:25 +0100
Message-ID: <3C78EC1D.5040008@beonex.com>
To: html-w3c <www-html@w3.org>
Frank Tobin wrote:

>XML is another story, since *everyone* knows that it has to be
>well-formed.  There is no second-guessing that that your data *must*
>conform to this exectation, or else the onus is on *you* to fix it. With
>HTML, the roles are reversed; the onus is on browser makers to cope with
>your broken markup :(
>I'm always amazed that HTML got to the horrendous state it did.  I'm a
>programmer, and you can't get away with bogus syntax in any programmatic
>language I know of.
>My feeling is that the more implementations there are of of some part of a
>protocol protocol, the more likely it degenerates into HTML-syndrome.
I think...
The difference is that XML parsers simply won't accept broken XML. HTML 
parsers did the fault of trying to "fixup" any errors in the source.

Many people just care, if it works, not if it's correct. Let the cases 
of "it works" approach "It's correct" as much as possible, and you're 
set, mostly.

Received on Sunday, 24 February 2002 08:39:25 UTC

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