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Re: Request for clarification on HTML 5 publication status (ISSUE-19)

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 07:37:43 +0200
Cc: fielding@gbiv.com, annevk@opera.com, public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <8D14CB4F-CB28-40A6-B271-3F4DF590A4E8@iki.fi>
To: T.V Raman <raman@google.com>

On Nov 30, 2007, at 03:50, T.V Raman wrote:

> What's more, two implementors who did that would almost certainly
> come up with different answers.

html5lib and the Validator.nu HTML parser are independent non-browser  
implementations. As far as I can tell, both agree on what the document  
tree should look like even when the document tree is not a DOM.

As an implementor of a parser that can run without a DOM, I'm not  
complaining about the spec being written in terms of the DOM.

> I think this thread is closely related to the question Henry
> Thompson asked at the Tech Plenary which was:
> "HTML5 says how all the incorrect cases are handled, but fails to
> tell authors at the end of the day what the correct way of doing
> things is"

I answered that question at the Tech Plenary. There is a "Writing"  
section that describes what kinds of character sequences one may write  
without hitting the error conditions in the parsing algorithm.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Friday, 30 November 2007 05:37:58 UTC

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