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Re: new TAG issue TagSoupIntegration-54

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 07:44:39 -0500
To: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Cc: "Henry S. Thompson" <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>, www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <1161866679.4182.404.camel@dirk>

On Thu, 2006-10-26 at 00:42 -0400, Mark Baker wrote:
> Hixie writes;
> > > This isn't hypothetical; it is the situation we are in today with XHTML
> > > documents sent as text/html. UAs cannot use XML parsers to parse these
> > > XHTML-sent-as-text/html documents, even if they could find a way to detect
> > > them, because a huge fraction of such documents are ill-formed and would
> > > thus render *worse* in new UAs than in legacy UAs.
> I don't understand why this is an issue.  The authoritative metadata
> finding makes it clear that the media type determines how the document
> is to be interpreted, and nothing in RFC 2854 (text/html) or the HTML
> family of specifications suggests that running a text/html document
> through an XML parser would yield anything which meaningfully
> represents what the sender was trying to convey.

Perhaps you missed this?

      In addition, [XHTML1]
      defines a profile of use of XHTML which is compatible with HTML
      4.01 and which may also be labeled as text/html.
 -- http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2854.txt

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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