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[Bug 22802] Validation of the select element and empty options differ from the HTML5 spec

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:48:14 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=22802

Michael[tm] Smith <mike@w3.org> changed:

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--- Comment #3 from Michael[tm] Smith <mike@w3.org> ---
(In reply to Kyle from comment #2)
> > > I Get the following error:
> > > 
> > > Error: Element option without attribute label must not be empty.
> > 
> > Yeah, that error is correct. The spec says that an empty option element
> > without an a label attribute is a document-conformance error.
> > 
> >   http://www.w3.org/TR/html51/forms.html#attr-option-label
> > 
> > "The label content attribute, if specified, must not be empty. If the
> > attribute is not specified, then the element itself must not be empty."
> 
> By following the provided link, I'm not able to locate the second sentence
> "If the attribute is not specified, then the element itself must not be
> empty."
> 
> Is it possible the spec has been amended and the validation service should
> be updated?  It seems that empty option elements "<option
> value=''></option>" should be allowed in HTML5, especially for <select>
> elements that do not have the required attribute specified.
> 
> Apologies for bringing this to light again a year and a half later.

Thanks for catching this. In fact it looks like the spec has since changed.
Steve Faulkner also reported this separately. So I think I need to remove this
check from the validator sources.

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