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[whatwg] Dual mode for client?

From: Mike Schinkel <mikeschinkel@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2006 14:28:59 -0500
Message-ID: <00a301c72924$199f9a00$0702a8c0@Guides.local>

I'm wondering if you collectively would consider adding the following to the
spec; a recommendation that clients offer two "modes"; one mode being for
users where the spec works as currently envisioned. The second mode would be
for web developers and would generate errors for invalid markup as opposed
to generating no errors (Ian had said it was preferred to not generate
errors for invalid markup to ensure users were willing to use browsers based
on the newer spec; a dual mode would give the best of both worlds.)

If all clients had such a dual mode, I think it would be much more likely
that web developers would create valid markup.  I just hope you guys can
envision that being something mentioned and marked as "SHOULD" in the spec.

-Mike Schinkel

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