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Re: SVGt 1.2: processing invalid external URI references

From: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008 13:57:45 +0100
Message-ID: <47F382C9.1000100@david-woolley.me.uk>
To: www-svg@w3.org

Dr. Olaf Hoffmann wrote:

> 'HTML5' seems  to be the approach to hide any error of the
> author by doing something without informing the user about

Not just something.  The HTML5 philosophy is that all HTML5 viewers 
should do exactly the same something.  The HTML5 proponents claim that 
authors will mainly author to the official language, but I, and others, 
take the view that what this is really doing is make HTML5 have no 
invalid constructs, so authors can write anything, view it on one 
browser, and if it works the way they want, that's good enough.

I think with SVG, one either has legislate away error conditions in this 
way, or one needs to put up a prominent warning that the image is 
incomplete, even if one still makes a best effort to display what is 

A halfway house is to have something like HTML object that allows the 
author to provide explicit fallback rules (it may exist already - 

David Woolley
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