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

fantasai fantasai.lists at inkedblade.net
Sat Apr 16 19:03:06 PDT 2005

Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> Anne van Kesteren wrote:
>> Ian Hickson wrote:
>>> This doesn't stop conformance checker implements from writing DTDs of 
>>> their own and then placing them in their SGML catalog so that the 
>>> HTML5 DOCTYPE triggers that DTD, though. The point is that different 
>>> conformance checker vendors should be able to write their own DTD for 
>>> HTML5 to complement the rest of the conformance checking process. As 
>>> the mix between DTD-based and other checking will probably be 
>>> vendor-dependent, I don't see why we'd want to elevate any particular 
>>> DTD to official status.
> If every conformance checker has to implement their own, there's more 
> chance they some of them will make mistakes, and each end up with 
> differing DOCTYPES.  If that happens, then chances are each validator 
> would give differing results, which is even more confusing and would 
> result in no-one validating at all!  If there is only one official 
> DOCTYPE, then at least all validators would have a chance of giving 
> identical results, and mistakes can be managed from one place by filing 
> errata for it, and updating it as necessary.

+1, although I think "result in no-one validating at all" is over-exaggerating
a bit. :)


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