[whatwg] [WF2] Conformance Requirements Issues

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Apr 14 02:17:20 PDT 2005

On Thu, 14 Apr 2005, Lachlan Hunt wrote:
>   In the conformance requirements for Web Forms 2 [1], it states:
> | This specification includes by reference the form-related parts of the
> | HTML4, ... Compliant UAs must implement all the requirements of those
> | specifications to claim compliance with this one.
> Because it says "must implement *all* the requirements of those 
> specifications" (rather than just all the form-related requirements) and 
> since there are no strictly conforming HTML 4 implementations in 
> existence, does this not make it impossible for any existing browsers to 
> ever conform to WF2?

Existing browsers can't conform to WF2 because they don't implement WF2.

In the future they can conform to WF2 by implementing the bits of HTML4, 
WF2, etc, that they don't support.

> At the end of that section, it also states in the note:
> | Note: Documents that use the new features described in this
> | specification cannot be strictly conforming XHTML or HTML4 documents,
> | since they contain features not defined in those specifications.
> Shouldn't that say XHTML 1.0 or 1.1?

Fair point.

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