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[whatwg] Allow trailing slash in always-empty HTML5 elements?

From: Robert Sayre <sayrer@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 11:10:10 -0500
Message-ID: <68fba5c50611290810i3e24f317g547e85a1baf51539@mail.gmail.com>
On 11/29/06, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen at iki.fi> wrote:
> Anyway, as Lachlan already pointed out, whether or not the useless
> slash should be allowed on elements whose content model is empty is
> not an issue of technical damage to parsing interoperability but
> about damage to the mental model of confused authors. So the cost to
> consider is the cost of the confusion.

Hmm, I've found the explanations most unsatisfactory so far. The tone
is dismissive, pedantic, and dogmatic... though I agree with the

Perhaps it would be better to prove that the current rules result in
easy explanations. What would the text of a bug filed on WordPress
look like? Let's assume you actually want them to fix it, not just
make a point.


Robert Sayre

"I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time."
Received on Wednesday, 29 November 2006 08:10:10 UTC

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