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Re: Semicolon after entities

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Tue, 01 May 2007 23:06:32 +1000
Message-ID: <46373B58.90000@lachy.id.au>
To: tina@greytower.net
CC: www-html@w3.org

Tina Holmboe wrote:
> On  1 May, Lachlan Hunt wrote:
>>>   A common set of /bugs/ with which new standards/browsers should be
>>>   compliant? Did I understand you correctly? 
>> I meant to say that we need to define the set of features that are 
>> essential for remaining compatible with the content on the web, which
>> is determined by doing research into what browsers do and studying
>> the content that exists on the web today.
>   In other words the WG is to study, and document, both good and bad
>   practices of browsers and authors today, and tailor the specification
>   to allow them?

The specification will be tailored to *support* the bad things, which 
browsers are required to do regardless of what the spec says.  However, 
the spec will not necessarily allow such things in conforming documents.

>   Much markup on the web today /is/ poor. We /do not/ fix that by
>   redefining reality to make it /good/.

We do not fix it by ignoring it either.

>> I'm not entirely sure what you're referring to as I wasn't around when 
>> HTML 3.2 was developed and I don't know what the process was back then.
> The spec authors looked at what browsers supported, documented it, and 
> called it a standard.

Could you please explain how you think the process should work?

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Tuesday, 1 May 2007 13:06:43 UTC

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