[whatwg] several messages about XML syntax and HTML5

James Graham jg307 at cam.ac.uk
Mon Dec 4 06:43:05 PST 2006

Elliotte Harold wrote:

> That means I have to send text/html to browsers (because that's the only 
> thing they understand) and let my clients ignore that hint.


As I understand it, the full chain of events should look like this:

  [Internal data model in server]
        HTML 5 Serializer
           HTML 5 Parser
  [Whatever client tools you like]

The only technical issue is that your HTML5 parser has to produce a data format 
that your other client tools like. If this involves the construction of an 
XML-like tree that's fine. But you should _never_ try to use an XML parser to 
produce the tree because it _will_ break with conforming HTML5 documents.

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