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Re: Re-registration of text/html

From: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 06:51:33 -0500
Message-ID: <4B9A2AC5.3070005@intertwingly.net>
To: Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>
CC: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, HTMLwg <public-html@w3.org>
Simon Pieters wrote:
> On Fri, 12 Mar 2010 12:18:09 +0100, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net> 
> wrote:
>> With co-chair hat off: I am not happy with the current set of rules. 
>> But if you like, we can start the discussion from the other side then. 
>> I would like to ask why the following is considered non-conforming:
>>    <a href="http://images.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi">
>> The above markup causes no interoperability problems.  This is a rule 
>> that is commonly, flagrantly, and willfully violated.  A number of 
>> similar examples can be found here:
>>    http://html5.validator.nu/?doc=http%3A%2F%2Fgoogle.com%2F
> Need to change parsing first.
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2009Jul/0417.html

I disagree.  If you would like to discuss changing the parsing rules, 
that's fine, but that's not something I am suggesting.  Furthermore, I 
will state that a change to make the above markup extracted from the 
Google home page to be considered as conforming can be done without 
changing the parsing rules first.

"Forgetting" to close a tag, and "forgetting" to escape an ampersand 
would be considered markup errors in XML.  The intent of HTML5 is to 
define in an an interoperable way that such "mistakes" be handled.  I 
put "forgetting" and "mistakes" in quotes as it is clear that some 
people intentionally wish to omit markup that they consider to be 
unnecessary.  And I'm entirely fine with that.

- Sam Ruby
Received on Friday, 12 March 2010 11:52:08 UTC

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