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Re: Semicolon after entities

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 12:44:52 +1000
Message-ID: <46301224.8070105@lachy.id.au>
To: Mike S <mmiikkee13@gmail.com>
CC: www-html@w3.org

Mike S wrote:
> How can making a new version of a standard break existing pages? If an
> existing page uses, for example, HTML 4.01 as its DOCTYPE, and HTML
> 5.0 is published, won't that page continue to be read by browsers as
> HTML 4.01?

No, ideally browsers would handle all revisions of HTML the same. 
Although browsers have quirks/standards mode, that is based upon the 
DOCTYPE used, if any, not the version of the langague.

The HTML5 spec is attempting to define how to handle all HTML now and in 
the future.  With the unfortunate exception of IE, browsers will not be 
adding additional DOCTYPE sniffing to distinguish between HTML5 and 
other revisions.

-- 
Lachlan Hunt
http://lachy.id.au/
Received on Thursday, 26 April 2007 02:45:05 GMT

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