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[Bug 8268] XMLHttpRequest fails for documents with named entities due to doctype

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Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 15:51:44 +0000
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--- Comment #6 from Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3cbug@gmail.com>  2009-11-12 15:51:44 ---
(In reply to comment #4)
> How would you feel if Validator.nu issued a discretionary warning (warning put
> in at the discretion of the validator developer as opposed to the spec) saying
> that the doctype shouldn't be used unless you want entity compat with XHR?
> 
> Mediawiki is doing something unusual here. I don't see why you should have zero
> warnings if you are doing something unusual even if conforming if the warnings
> might be educational to someone else (specifically, authors who are unaware
> that there's now a doctype that's memorable so they can stop copying and
> pasting lengthy incantations).

I agree that use of the doctype should be discouraged.  On consideration, a
warning does seem appropriate, as long as it's clear that it might not be an
actual problem with this particular page.  Currently, validator.nu raises an
error, which is wrong per the spec.

At this point I'm not sure any spec change is needed.


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