[whatwg] markup as authored in practice
elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Sat Dec 2 09:27:26 PST 2006
James Graham wrote:
> I'm totally lost about your point. You seem to have changed from saying
> "producing valid XML is easy - any non-bozo can do it" to "well it's not
> easy but the tools will save us all".
The allow me to summarize. There are two basic classes of web authors
1. Those who prefer to hand author HTML in text editors and are
competent to produce well-formed XHTML.
2. Those who do not have the level of skill necessary to hand author
HTML in a text editor, and therefore must use tools.
I do not believe in the existence of a significantly large third
category of users who have the skill to hand author tag soup in a text
editor, but who are not able to easily learn the few simple rules for
making markup well-formed.
There's also of course a fourth category of people who build content
management systems and blogging engines; i.e. tool vendors. Surely we
can agree these people are capable of producing well-formed output,
whether or not they choose to do so. How to motivate them to do so is a
Also, let me once again distinguish between well-formed and valid. I'm
happy once the document is well-formed. Valid I can live without.
Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
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