[whatwg] WA1: <meta> attribute requirements

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Jul 19 04:53:21 PDT 2005

On Tue, 19 Jul 2005, fantasai wrote:
> > 
> > I don't understand the point in making this code:
> > 
> >    // this element will be used later
> >    var meta = document.createElement('meta');
> > 
> > ...non-conformant.
> Hmm. I think you need to think a bit on the conformance requirements you 
> want to have for documents. If you're interpreting "required" like that, 
> you'd run into the same problem with *any* required attribute or child 
> content. It's not a useful definition.

I don't understand why this is a "problem". It seems quite important that 
content be conformant whether it is in a document or orphaned. If someone 

   // this element will be used later
   var ul = document.createElement('ul');

...then the |ul| variable is non-conformant, and I see no reason to allow 
that at all, scripted or not scripted.

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