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Re: Cleaning House

From: Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 20:34:26 +0000
Message-ID: <4921D552.7090608@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Jim Jewett <jimjjewett@gmail.com>
CC: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, www-html@w3.org



Jim Jewett wrote:

> On Wed, May 2, 2007 at 7:22 PM, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:

>> Could you elaborate on why you think that it is bad to
>> have tags be omitted?
> 
> I think I dropped this at the time, because I couldn't easily explain
> it except in terms of cleanliness, or safety margins.

I believe that it is bad because (a) it encourages
sloppy markup, and (b) makes the document semantics
far less clear to the human reader.  I do not see
what can be gained by allowing such things, apart
from the trivial benefit of increasing the number
of extant documents that can, as a result, claim
to be "conforming".

Philip TAYLOR
Received on Monday, 17 November 2008 20:35:05 GMT

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