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[whatwg] text/html conformance checkers and CDATA

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 16:56:32 +1000
Message-ID: <42E5DEA0.40106@lachy.id.au>
Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> Quoting Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au>:
>>> I think conformance checkers should not allow '</' in elements whose 
>>> content model in HTML 4 was CDATA.
>> Agreed.  That is how HTML 4 validators currently work.
> And also how no browser works.

That's irrelevant in this case.  The question is about whether or not it 
is valid for authors to use "</" within elements containing CDATA, which 
it is not, regardless of how browsers should actually handle the error.

> This point was raised before by the way:
> <http://listserver.dreamhost.com/pipermail/whatwg-whatwg.org/2005-January/002993.html> 

For the purpose of error handling, it would be acceptable to define that 
an erroneous "</" within does not close the element, but that doesn't 
make its use by authors any more valid and should be picked up by any 
decent conformance checker.

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Monday, 25 July 2005 23:56:32 UTC

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