[whatwg] [html5] tags, elements and generated DOM

Henri Sivonen hsivonen at iki.fi
Thu Apr 7 10:27:03 PDT 2005

On Apr 7, 2005, at 14:09, Jim Ley wrote:

> Will the spec explain this some more, in particular could you document
> what "standards mode" is, and exactly how user agents should use this
> doctype to trigger it?

Ideally, UAs would know nothing of that particular doctype and would 
trigger the standards mode because there is a doctype that is not on 
the list of doctypes that triggers the quirks mode or the almost 
standards mode.

> Would it not be better to just require WF2/WA user agents to render it
> in this "standards mode" you talk of?

Yes, in principle, but you can't trigger the layout mode when you hit 
the first What WG feature. UAs already have code for triggering on 
doctype. It's not pretty, but it's the reality.

> Or at the very least use something that would not confuse people into 
> thinking that it is an
> application of SGML or XML.

Do you want to replace "NONSGML" with "THIS-IS-NOT-SGML"?

Henri Sivonen
hsivonen at iki.fi

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