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[whatwg] W3C compatibility

From: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 19:02:10 +0000
Message-ID: <1171393330.9006.6.camel@galahad>
Julian Reschke wrote:
> Where did the IETF suggest that...? Pointer appreciated.

Well, W3C and IETF. It's in the IANA registration for text/html (RFC
2854). Strictly speaking it's informational.

"Due to the long and distributed development of HTML, current practice
on the Internet includes a wide variety of HTML variants. Implementors
of text/html interpreters must be prepared to be "bug-compatible" with
popular browsers in order to work with many HTML documents available the


Typical browsers can mangle XHTML 1.0 as text/html only because of a bug
in their HTML handling of null end tags which causes them to understand
<br /> as <br>, rather than <br>&gt; .

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis
Received on Tuesday, 13 February 2007 11:02:10 UTC

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