[whatwg] Allow trailing slash in always-empty HTML5 elements?

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com
Fri Dec 15 01:49:24 PST 2006

Alexey Feldgendler wrote:
> Interesting. But this lacks one important thing: a clear indication of
>  why some page doesn't qualify as accessible. Google seems reluctant to
>  disclose their criteria, and it's a pity.

Indeed, and, from the broad indications they do give, there's /nothing/
to suggest that they favour conformant markup over non-conformant
markup: "Currently we take into account several factors, including a
given page's simplicity, how much visual imagery it carries and whether
or not its primary purpose is immediately viable with keyboard


At least they point people towards WCAG, which makes using conformant,
valid (X)HTML a priority two criterion.

I think basic conformance is part and parcel of creating an accessible,
interoperable site; but it's worth noting that there are plenty of
captains of accessibility who reject that viewpoint, e.g.:


Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis

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