[whatwg] trailing slash and atheism

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Dec 1 08:56:29 PST 2006

On Fri, 1 Dec 2006, Elliotte Harold wrote:
> states:
> 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 [...]
> The second sentence is false [...] I suggest rewriting as follows:
> This character has no effect when the document is parsed by an HTML5 parser.

That's redundant. Parsing a document using this syntax with anything other 
than an HTML5 parser would be non-conforming.

> 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.

This section has nothing to do with XML. If the document was parsed by an 
XML parser, then there are much bigger problems afoot, such as MIME type 
mislabelling, or a faulty UA.

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