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

Sam Ruby rubys at intertwingly.net
Wed Nov 29 08:42:14 PST 2006

Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Wed, 29 Nov 2006, Sam Ruby wrote:
>> Is there really any excuse for allowing "<b><i>OMG!</b></i>"?  No, but 
>> HTML5 is willing to pinch its nose with thumb and forefinger and look 
>> the other way.
> I'll reply to the rest of the thread later (I'm personally still unsure 
> about the proposal, and I'm eagerly reading each mail on the thread to 
> see what points people are making), but I just wanted to jump in here and 
> clarify that "<b><i>OMG!</b></i>" has exactly the same status in the spec 
> right now as "<img/>" does. So if what we do for "<b><i>OMG!</b></i>" is 
> acceptable, then I don't really understand what the proposal is.

Quite likely I read the part of the spec dealing with the "list of 
active formating elements" too quickly.  My mistake.

- Sam Ruby

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