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[Bug 12148] I strongly believe disallowing 'true' and 'false' in boolean attributes will cause significant confusion in the future. Already, you can find respected web developers incorrectly referring to attributes as true and false. For instance: http://blog.getif

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--- Comment #4 from Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu> 2011-02-21 20:24:48 UTC ---
> I'd love it if someone could find some real world examples

I would too; the burden of proof in this case is on those proposing
backwards-incompatible changes, imo.

> why on earth they'd do something like disabled="false" to mean disabled=true.

You're assuming HTML authors necessarily "mean" something when they write some
HTML, as opposed to trial-and-error or cargo-cult copy-paste or a bug in some

This is a bad assumption, sadly.

> I don't see why some evangelism to those sites couldn't address the problem.

Evangelism is not free.  Are you volunteering to contact all the sites
involved, however many are discovered, and get them to change what they're
doing?  Or is this a case of "it should be really easy for someone else to do

> is going to boil down to oops rather than intention.

It doesn't matter whether it's intention or not, as long as there's enough of
it.  Again, data would be good.

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