[whatwg] several messages about XML syntax and HTML5
rubys at intertwingly.net
Tue Dec 5 17:24:54 PST 2006
Ian Hickson wrote:
> As far as I can tell, the various problems that have been raised have now
> been addressed. It is now possible to make an HTML5 document that is
> parseable as XHTML5, such that you can't tell which it is without looking
> at the MIME type (which of course you could ignore in your own toolchain).
> HTML5 has an extension mechanism (used to great effect by the
> microformats.org people, for example).
> The other issue, supporting other vocabularies in HTML5, is an open issue,
> but it will be addressed in due course. We need more implementation
> experience first, and there are far more pressing problems.
> There were various proposals involving how to process documents using
> multiple parsers with fallback options, etc, but based on my conversations
> with browser vendors, that wouldn't ever be widely supported. If you wish
> to propose this for the spec, please get the browser vendors to implement
> it first (as an experimental mode, e.g.), to demonstrate that they are
> willing to do so.
In case there is anybody here who doesn't faithfully follow my blog
<grin>, I have prototyped MathML + SVG + XLINK in HTML4:
This lead Jacques Distler to modify his MovableType plugin:
I figure that if the existing FireFox HTML4 parser has an existing test
suite then modifying the parser to obviate the need for the script is
likely only a weekend task. This could be designed in such a way that
it was only enabled as an about:config option. Where I would need help
with is in getting it into the codebase. (Robert? You listening?)
- Sam Ruby
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