[whatwg] text/html flavor conformance checkers and <foo />

Brad Neuberg bkn3 at columbia.edu
Mon Apr 25 12:58:08 PDT 2005

At 12:46 PM 4/25/2005, Henri Sivonen wrote:
>What should text/html flavor conformance checkers say about <foo />?
>Silently treat as <foo>> as per SGML?
>Silently treat as <foo> as per real world?
>Report a warning?
>Report an error?
>What about <foo/>?
>I am leaning towards reporting an error.

Unfortunately, <foo /> is the real world way of "hacking" XHTML support 
into IE, since IE will belch if you give <foo/>.  You also have to serve it 
up as text/html for IE.....  You should probably transform it into what 
people expect it in the real world, which is turning <foo /> into <foo>.


>Henri Sivonen
>hsivonen at iki.fi

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