[whatwg] several messages about XML syntax and HTML5

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Mon Dec 4 15:13:52 PST 2006

On Mon, 4 Dec 2006, Ian Hickson wrote:
> It also doesn't work that well. I'd be interested to see what happened 
> in IE if the SVG used the SVG 1.2 <textArea> feature. Or if it used the 
> SVG <text> and <tSpan> features.

Case in point:


In IE, there's some stray "XHTML HTML" and "XHTML HTML XML" text. This 
isn't acceptable to most people. It certainly isn't something that it 
would make sense to encourage. The worst possible outcome here would be 
for browsers like IE to start trying to parse this "SVG" in text/html, 
because the lack of any sensible parsing rules for it would guarentee that 
we're faced with even more "tag soup", thus undoing all the work that the 
HTML5 spec is trying to do to get us past that.

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