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Re: Bug in Meta handling

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2000 10:10:29 -0800
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To: Jukka Korpela <Jukka.Korpela@hut.fi>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
At 07:59 AM 12/25/2000 , Jukka Korpela wrote:
>As http://www.hut.fi/~jkorpela/html/empty.html explains in some detail,
><meta /> is in fact equivalent to <meta >> according to HTML rules, i.e.
>there is the tag <meta > followed by the plain character >. Since no
>plain text outside elements is allowed inside the head element, this
>implies a syntax error. In the body part, the syntax allows plain text
>after a tag, depending on the context and on the DTD.

Ah, excellent!  I had forgotten that HTML's syntax quirks allow
for tags to close early.  Thanks, Jukka, this clears it up for


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