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

Jonny Axelsson jax at opera.com
Tue Apr 26 09:04:39 PDT 2005

On Tue, 26 Apr 2005 17:00:14 +0200, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen at iki.fi> wrote:
> Lachlan Hunt wrote:
>> Henri Sivonen wrote:

>>> What should text/html flavor conformance checkers say about <foo />?
>>> Silently treat as <foo>> as per SGML?
>>  Yes.
> What useful purpose would be served by doing so?

HTML never became a SGML application, and though SGML was believed to be  
on the verge of taking over the world in the middle nineties that never  
happened. There is no benefit in my opinion for a modern spec to include  
counter-intuitive SGML features that made sense at the time (or rather in  
a SGML universe). Neither would SGML dependency be desireable.

> I'm inclined to choose 3.

Jonny Axelsson, Documentation, Opera Software ASA

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