[whatwg] Empty elements
michael.enright at gmail.com
Wed Feb 15 16:00:33 PST 2006
What about '<foo />' with a space between 'o' and '/' ? There are many
"legacy" pages with that kind of mark-up on <br> elements and so
On 2/15/06, Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au> wrote:
> Tim Altman wrote:
> > On Wed, 15 Feb 2006 23:48:57 +0100, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> >> On Wed, 15 Feb 2006, Tim Altman wrote:
> >>> May OBJECT and CANVAS be treated as empty elements, i.e. <canvas /> and
> >>> <object /> if there is no fallback content?
> >> I don't understand your question.
> > Let me rephrase: Is it valid for the object and canvas elements use the
> > empty element syntax?
> HTML: No, XHTML: Yes.
> >> If you mean "Can the string '<object/>' be treated as an empty element
> >> tag", the answer is no.
> > You seem to have answered my question here. Why not?
> Because it is XML syntax, not HTML syntax.
> According SGML rules, <foo/> has a different meaning from the same
> syntax in XML. According to the new HTML5 parsing rules (due to
> complete lack of support for SGML), the '/' is an easy parse error and
> is essentially ignored. Backwards compatibility reasons prevent the XML
> meaning from being retrofitted into HTML.
> Lachlan Hunt
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