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[Bug 10806] ignoring escapes is not needed for compatibility with existing content

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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 08:23:13 +0000
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Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|REOPENED                    |RESOLVED
                 CC|                            |mjs@apple.com
         Resolution|                            |WONTFIX

--- Comment #10 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> 2010-09-30 08:23:12 UTC ---
Upon further investigation, it turns out WebKit has changed behaviour. It used
to ignore all punctuation (it didn't support backslash escapes, just ignored
punctuation like Opera). Newer trunk builds however now don't ignore

(In reply to comment #7)
> 2) The question of *why* Opera is handling the escapes properly isn't really
> relevant; what counts is the observable behavior.

The point is that Opera isn't handling the escapes at all. For example, if you
put a backslash before the final quote, it doesn't continue the string. It
still ends at the quote. For example, consider:


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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: As far as I can tell, no browsers with more than 1% market share do
anything with backslashes at all, and the browsers that ignored backslashes are
actively moving towards what the spec says.

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