[whatwg] Allow trailing slash in always-empty HTML5 elements?

Elliotte Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Sun Dec 3 04:05:46 PST 2006

Mike Schinkel wrote:

> Sounds like we need content-types determined by inspection on web servers?
> (which would really slow-down serving pages, unless they could be cached,
> but with so much dynamic generated content that doesn't seem realistic...)

No, I don;t think so. There's nothing wrong with a server specifying the 
content-type it likes for a document, though that decision should be in 
the hands of the document author, not the server administrator. That's a 
design flaw in a lot of web servers and server installations today.

My point is that the client gets to decide how it will process the 
incoming document. The server can suggest but it can't demand. If the 
client wants to process the incoming document as XML, HTML, plain text, 
or JPEG, that's its choice. Different clients will have different needs 
and thus make different choices.

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo at metalab.unc.edu
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