[whatwg] several messages about XML syntax and HTML5

Elliotte Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Mon Dec 4 06:59:33 PST 2006

James Graham wrote:

> As I understand it, the full chain of events should look like this:
>  [Internal data model in server]
>                 |
>                 |
>        HTML 5 Serializer
>                 |
>                 |
>             {Network}
>                 |
>                 |
>           HTML 5 Parser
>                 |
>                 |
>  [Whatever client tools you like]

No and no. First of all everything after the {Network} step is my own 
damn business. Do not assume or attempt to mandate anything about what 
must consume the bits. An HTML 5 parser is one thing that might be used. 
However whether I use such a tool depends on my needs.

Secondly, that server model is only one possibility. Many servers have a 
model that does not involve anything more complicated than checking the 
filename extensions and then blindly copying bits onto the wire. For 
performance that's often necessary.

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo at metalab.unc.edu
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