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Re: Cleaning House

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 08:03:43 +0100
Message-ID: <4639894F.7070709@splintered.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org, public-html@w3.org

David Hyatt wrote:
> Ok, let's say we do this.  Now an author decides it's time to upgrade 
> their site to HTML5.  They begin (naturally) by adding the doctype to 
> the top of their HTML file.  The entire site turns into a complete 
> disaster area because half of the tags they used have been eliminated 
> and the browser is being draconian about ignoring those tags.  Author 
> rolls eyes, yanks the doctype, and forgets about HTML5.

Forgets about HTML5, until she comes across the next version of her 
authoring tool that converts the documents for her, and with a built-in 
validator that flags up exactly why the page failed in draconian 
browsers. Or she comes back to HTML5 at a later date when she 
understands that there's more to HTML5 than a banal doctype change.
If authors want to use any standard, they should understand what the new 
standard actually does/is.

Also, as was already hinted at in this thread, it's unlikely that 
mainstream browsers will actually implement the draconian parsing...and 
that's fine by me, I wouldn't insist on something like the 
"non-well-formed XHTML sent as application/xhtml+xml" error handling.

Patrick H. Lauke
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