[whatwg] The problems with namespaces in text/html (Was: MathML-in-HTML5)
elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Sun Nov 5 05:02:52 PST 2006
Lachlan Hunt wrote:
>> I'm not sure why that bothers you. As long as things are well-formed,
>> what's the harm?
> text/html *does not* enforce well-formedness and *never will*. That's
> the problem!
application/xhtml+xml doesn't enforce well-formedness either. That's the
job of the parser.
If a server sends text/html, and the resulting character stream parses
as well-formed, then it is well-formed. If it doesn't, it isn't. What
matters more is what the stream is, not what the server says it is.
(Yes, I know there are a few details about character encoding detection
that come into play here. That doesn't change the point, though.)
Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
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