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

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com
Fri Dec 15 07:47:58 PST 2006

Alexey Feldgendler wrote:
> They do mention validation:  
> http://www.anysurfer.be/fr/obtenir-label/procedures-de-labellisation/la-validation/  
> -- though I'm not sure they mean "ensuring valid HTML".

I'm afraid they mean validating to /their/ accessibility standards, not
the (X)HTML specifications. (The page in question has 37 XHTML
validation errors.) Some discussion of the reasoning behind not
requiring validation can be found at:


(NB AnySurfer used to be called BlindSurfer.) 

And for another example of accessibility-orientated developers
decisively rejecting validation, seemingly with RNIB's tacit acceptance,
consider LightMaker (creators of the flagship "accessible" Flash at J.
K. Rowling's website):


I explain why inserting deliberate errors into their own markup was
counter-productive in comments there, so I won't repeat myself here. :)

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis

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