[whatwg] several messages about XML syntax and HTML5

Lachlan Hunt lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au
Fri Dec 8 07:42:58 PST 2006

Sander Tekelenburg wrote:
> I still have the impression that they can
> undermine this entire effort by getting people to use authoring tools that on
> purpose contain errors that result in 'good' looking pages in Explorer, and
> 'bad' in HTML5 browsers. Simply by producing code that they know will result
> in 'bad' pages when parsed in accordance with the HTML5 parsing rules.

That might be theoretically possible, but the algorithm in the spec has 
been designed to be as compatible with the existing web as physically 
possible.  I suspect that it would be quite difficult to find such a 
hack on purpose that wouldn't also break compatibility with the existing 

Besides, Microsoft aren't out to attack like that, they appear to be 
trying to win back the trust of web developers.  I'm sure they realise 
that such a move would only be detrimental to the web, not to mention 
themselves, and not beneficial in any way.

Lachlan Hunt

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