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Re: HTML/XML TF Report glosses over Polyglot Markup

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 16:29:34 +0200
Message-ID: <CAJQvAueoUtt1ki51Pd+Bjc75duCSEsqunO+1gkJjHk++879F3g@mail.gmail.com>
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On Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net> wrote:
> If three people want to get together and collaborate, should the fact that
> some (and indeed many) may not want to participate be ground for stopping
> them?

I think it’s fine for 3 people to participate and create a coding
style for their blogs[1] that suits their use of non-conforming
parsers and publish the coding style on their blogs. Publishing such a
house style as a W3C REC will generate another decade of
http://xkcd.com/386/ like the infamous Appendix C did for the previous
decade.

[1] https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=19925 together with
http://intertwingly.net/blog/2012/11/09/In-defence-of-Polyglot suggest
the goals of the polyglot guide might morph as the goals of the coding
style on intertwingly.net shift from catering to both to IE8 and
browsers that required XHTML for inline SVG (goal obsoleted by the
SVG-in-text/html capabilities of IE9 and of browser that have
HTML5-compliant parsers) to making the markup work in the
HTML5-incompliant *HTML* parser of libxml2. (It’s worth noting that
one could already use a compliant HTML parser to convert HTML to XHTML
and then use libxml2’s *XML* parser. For example, the Validator.nu
HTML Parser comes with a sample tool called
nu.validator.htmlparser.tools.HTML2XML .)

-- 
Henri Sivonen
hsivonen@iki.fi
http://hsivonen.iki.fi/
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