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Re: Cleaning House

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2007 23:43:58 +0000 (UTC)
To: Jim Jewett <jimjjewett@gmail.com>
Cc: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0705022338510.16299@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Wed, 2 May 2007, Jim Jewett wrote:
> On 5/2/07, David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk> wrote:
> > 
> > Lee Roberts wrote:
> > > <title>Some Title</title>
> > > <p>Some text.</p>
> > 
> > To be valid it needs a doctype declaration, but other than that it is 
> > valid and well formed HTML 4.01 Strict, although not minimal, as the 
> > </p> tag is not needed.
> 
> In html4, yes.
> 
> Accepting this sort of tag soup because of technicalities encourages 
> sloppy markup in general.  Support for this sort of exception 
> complicates parsers.
> 
> My preference would be that HTML5 declare it invalid, but specify the 
> error handling in the user-agent error-handling section.  A browser 
> aiming for mass adoption would need to get it right; a demonstration 
> parser should consider it a fairly low priority.

So to clarify, what you are asking for is the removal of the feature 
defined in HTML4 which allows certain tags to be omitted in certain 
unambiguous situations?

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