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Re: TAG Decision on Rescinding the request to the HTML WG to develop a polyglot guide

From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:34:08 +0000
Message-ID: <51226610.3060006@nag.co.uk>
To: "Eric J. Bowman" <eric@bisonsystems.net>
Cc: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>, "www-tag@w3.org List" <www-tag@w3.org>
On 13/02/2013 22:36, Eric J. Bowman wrote:
> Apparently I need to make this point, again:  If there was no
> interest in polyglot, there would be no HTML parser in libxml2; its
> presence, and widespread use if xsl-list is any indication,
> indicates otherwise.


I actually think pologlot spec is worth having (and probably I made as
many bugzilla comments on it as anyone). I still have some issues with
the wording but as a general idea I think it's fine...

But I don't understand your comment there at all. The HTML parser in
libxml2 (or tagsoup or Henri's validator.nu parsers in java) are exactly
the reason that some people (not entirely unreasonably) say that it
isn't needed. If you can put an HTML parser in front of an XML
tool-chain then you can pull in unrestricted HTML syntax and you have no
need to produce HTML documents following the polyglot guidelines which
are designed to allow an HTML document to be fed to the tool-chain via
an XML parser.

David


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