[whatwg] 18.104.22.168: trailing slash and atheism
elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Fri Dec 1 04:09:24 PST 2006
Then, if the element is one of the void elements, then there may be a
single U+002F SOLIDUS character. This character has no effect except to
appease the markup gods. As this character is therefore just a symbol of
faith, atheists should omit it.
The second sentence is false, and also likely to cause unnecessary
conflict with fundamentalists who don't understand markup and don't get
the joke. But mostly it's false. I suggest rewriting as follows:
This character has no effect when the document is parsed by an HTML5
parser. However, if the document when parsed by an XML parser, the
trailing slash converts the tag into an empty-element tag, and thereby
makes an otherwise malformed element well-formed.
Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
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