[whatwg] Re: SHORTTAG NET
lachlan.hunt at iinet.net.au
Tue Aug 24 03:07:18 PDT 2004
Ian Hickson wrote:
>>Would it be at all possible to have this SHORTTAG feature implemented in
>>UAs these days? ...
> Too many documents of all kinds use the XHTML syntax, sadly.
Hmmm. That's what I suspected.
> Mozilla, several _years_ ago, used to parse <foo/> in HTML as <foo></foo>. Even
> then (we're talking like 2000 or something) it was so common to find pages
> with that kind of markup that Mozilla had to stop doing it. Now it's bound
> to be an even worse problem.
Oh well; I guess there will never be a main stream UA that fully
supports SGML, and thus HTML.
> It's a lost battle, sadly. That's why fantasai turned off SHORTTAG NET in
> the SGML declaration for WHATWG.
Fair enough; I guess it would only be useful as an historical curiosity
anyway, considering that most authors have never heard of such a thing
and wouldn't use it. In fact, neither had until I read your XHTML
I had thought that given a brand new doctype, it would be possible to
enable it using a DOCTYPE switch, but then realised that these documents
will more than likely be built and tested environments comprising mostly
IE tag-soup developers, and thus authors will more than likely to screw
it up anyway.
lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au
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