Re: Support Existing Content

On Wed, 02 May 2007 10:06:29 +0200, Gareth Hay <> wrote:
> I'm not sure I understand.
> If an author is claiming to be writing HTML5 (possibly by  
> DOCTYPE="html5" or some such mechanism) why can we not hold the author  
> to that?
> If the page does not conform, is not well formed, an error is displayed.
> During the creation process of the page, the author will see this error  
> - long before it is released into the wild - and if they so desire (as  
> in they can't be bothered to fix it) they can change what they claim to  
> write to "tag-soup" and the browser is free to do it's best - albeit  
> different browsers will do different things, but on the author's head be  
> it.
> I don't see this as breaking backwards compatibility, but it also allows  
> for a clear future path to an end point where 90% of the web isn't  
> tag-soup rendered completely differently depending on platform, browser,  
> or weather changes.

This doesn't take into account HTML content created from script. It's also  
unclear when you would show an error and how you would handle  
extensibility in this case.

Anne van Kesteren

Received on Wednesday, 2 May 2007 08:23:42 UTC