[whatwg] Update to the Adoption Agency Algorithm

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Feb 3 21:23:13 PST 2006

On Thu, 2 Feb 2006, David Hyatt wrote:
> BTW, we tried to add <span> as an inline that should be reopened (like 
> <font> and <b> etc.) and it broke some of our layout tests (snippets of 
> real-world Web sites).  <span> clearly does not always reopen in WinIE 
> and Firefox, so for now we are having to leave it out.

Nothing reopens in IE, IE just uses its magic DOM algorithm for 
everything. I'm surprised that doing this for <span> caused problems, but 
it's good to know, thanks!

Currently, the list of elements we will definitely be doing this to is:

   HTML5 elements: a em i small strong
   obsolete elements: b big font s strike tt u

In addition to these, Mozilla also does it for:

   bdo blink del ins sub sup q

...and Safari also does it for:

   code dfn kbd nobr samp var wbr

I'm currently planning on not including any of these in the list of tags 
for which browsers should "open an adoption agency". Do you know if any of 
them _should_ definitely be included?

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