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Re: Support Existing Content

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 10:05:24 +0200
Message-ID: <46384644.9030308@gmx.de>
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
CC: Gareth Hay <gazhay@gmail.com>, Dão Gottwald <dao@design-noir.de>, W3C List <public-html@w3.org>, "Philip Taylor (Webmaster)" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>

Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> On May 1, 2007, at 8:19 AM, Gareth Hay wrote:
>> To address the point I do understand, I agree, no one is perfect, but 
>> are you really suggest something akin to using a C compiler to take 
>> some pseudo code input and attempt to produce executable code, by hook 
>> or crook?
> A C compiler runs on the developer's machine. This is different from 
> content produced by one party and consumed by many others using a 
> variety of tools, where there is more benefit to being lenient in what 
> you accept. More importantly, in such cases it is important to define 
> the error behavior so that it is consistent, to avoid the reverse 
> engineering arms race that we've had for HTML error handling in the past.

I know that nobody wants to hear that over here, but XML's draconian 
error handling seems to work well in many places. No, I'm not suggesting 
to use it for HTML5, but keep in mind that it *can* work.

Best regards, Julian
Received on Wednesday, 2 May 2007 08:17:37 UTC

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