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Re: View Source

From: James Graham <jgraham@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 11:51:47 +0100
Message-ID: <49BF80C3.9030804@opera.com>
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
CC: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>, public-html@w3.org, www-svg@w3.org
Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> Arbitrarily replying to Henri's post here, although my remarks apply to 
> the whole thread:
> View Source is a UI feature and largely a tool for Web developers and 
> expert users. Seeing a cleaned up, reserialized DOM is also a cool idea 
> for a developer/expert-user feature. I believe Firebug and the WebKit 
> Web Inspector provide something similar, though primarily meant to be 
> used as an outline view, not flat text. While it may be fun to design 
> the details, I think details of UI features like this are out of scope 
> for the HTML5 spec and off topic for this list.

I tend to agree that this seems out of scope for HTML 5 and therefore 
somewhat off topic for this list. Having said that, it is worth noting 
that even a clean source view doesn't really solve the original problem 
because someone can easily copy an incomplete subtree from such a view, 
rather than a "well formed" fragment. So if you really care about 
getting well formed content out you want a "Copy this subtree" option in 
tools such as Dragonfly that show the DOM tree of the page. This seems 
to be implemented in at least some such tools already.
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