[whatwg] <p> elements containing other block-level elements

Henri Sivonen hsivonen at iki.fi
Wed Apr 13 12:28:00 PDT 2005

On Apr 13, 2005, at 11:03, Jim Ley wrote:

> On 4/12/05, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen at iki.fi> wrote:
>> On Apr 12, 2005, at 13:02, Matthew Thomas wrote:
>>> <http://diveintomark.org/archives/2004/01/14/thought_experiment>
>> Writing software that is guaranteed to emit well-formed XML is not
>> particularly hard.
> That depends on your definition of hard, it's clearly beyond many
> people in the community, even such sites as http://webstandards.org/
> and the XML Working group have published non-well formed XML recently
> - down to encoding issues, almost always.   I can't really see how if
> these groups can't do it, when they have marketing aswell as technical
> reasons to do it we can expect others to.

http://webstandards.org/ uses MT, which has a text-based templating 
system, instead of a system designed for XML. The architecture of their 
CMS is not supportive of the goal of producing well-formed XML. It does 
not rule out alternative architectures or say anything about the 
hardness of implementing alternative achitectures. Of course, changing 
the architecture of a program that already has a different architecture 
is hard.

W3C working groups may be using text editors instead of generating XML 

Henri Sivonen
hsivonen at iki.fi

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