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Re: [OT] anchor as block level element

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 07:58:33 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200510070658.j976wXX00338@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

> All other tags (not elements, sic!) has no visiual indication that they are 
> blocks (no borders/backgrounds) -
> thus some hypethetical renderer can forget about DIVs, BLOCKQUOTEs, etc 
> immediately after parsing.

The original Netscape seems to have used this lazy parsing technique. It
was one of the worst design decisions ever imposed on the "web".   As I
remember it the parser didn't unwind deep structures properly and had
problems with error recovery on unterminated tables (I seem to remember
it also failed for some legitimate optional closing tag cases).  It is
this mis-design that made constructs like <b>...<p>...</b>....</p> 
common in the wild.
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