[whatwg] several messages about XML syntax and HTML5

Alexey Feldgendler alexey at feldgendler.ru
Thu Dec 7 20:23:43 PST 2006

On Mon, 04 Dec 2006 20:43:15 +0600, Elliotte Harold <elharo at metalab.unc.edu> wrote:

> 1. Strong hand-authoring: static HTML written fully in a plain vanilla
> text editor with tags in view
> 2. Weak hand-authoring: templates hand-authored, content not
> My point then becomes, very little content on the web today is strongly
> hand authored, and the proportion continues to decrease.
> People who strongly hand author, or who create weakly hand-authored
> systems are competent to create well-formed markup if they choose to do so.
> People who merely use weakly hand authored systems do not see the
> markup, and do not need to be considered in our deliberations on this point.

LiveJournal, a popular blogging service, inserts hand-authored content into hand-authored templates. While the templates are written by competent authors who (mostly) know how to write proper HTML, blog posts are most often written by people who barely learnt how to use a bunch of tags. LiveJournal makes some simple preprocessing (breaks paragraphs on newlines and strips dangerous markup like <script>) but otherwise leaves the content as is. That's why most blog pages on LiveJournal aren't even close to being valid HTML.

Alexey Feldgendler <alexey at feldgendler.ru>
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