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Re: Semicolon after entities

From: Edward O'Connor <hober0@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 13:46:58 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <86odl5dab1.fsf@rakim.cfhp.org>

Tina Holmboe wrote:

> In other words the WG is to study, and document, both good and bad
> practices of browsers and authors today, and tailor the specification
> to allow them?
>
> It is difficult to conclude otherwise, since you yourself admit that
> most of what IS out there is "extremely broken HTML". The idea, then,
> become that the WG will simply make the bad the good and that's that?
>
> Much markup on the web today /is/ poor. We /do not/ fix that by
> redefining reality to make it /good/.

I think it's important to realize that HTML5 is a bundle of several
kinds of conformance profiles -- browsers, to be conformant, must
support interoperable error handling in the face of strange input. But
this is orthogonal to the conformance requirements placed on authors.

For instance, suppose that for reasons of interoperability & not
breaking the web the <tt> element must be supported by browsers (default
rendering with a monospaced font, etc.). It would be entirely reasonable
to simultaneously require authors to not use this element, for whatever
reason -- it's purely presentational, etc.

I think much of your disagreement with Lachlan, Tina, is that sometimes
these separate and separable conformance classes are being confused in
the heat of the moment.


Ted

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