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

Sam Ruby rubys at intertwingly.net
Thu Nov 30 03:51:36 PST 2006

On 11/30/06, Anne van Kesteren <annevk at opera.com> wrote:
> It has to allow two authoring syntaxes. One HTML and one XML. I thought we
> were past that discussion?

I fully expected my proposal to either be bounced immediately as sheer
lunacy, or for someone to quickly point to the specific reason why it had
been rejected before.

The sense I am gathering is that the proposal is not obviously insane, and
in fact is a bit novel in that such a narrowly scoped adoption of XML syntax
-- i.e., only to the extent that it both reflects the web as widely
practiced and only to the extent that doing such does not introduce
ambiguity into the grammar -- had not been considered before.

In any case, I plan to proceed on the assumption that it is worth my time to
flesh out the proposal a bit more.  The next iteration is likely to also
contain thoughts on extensibility and namespaces.  Like this proposal was,
my intent is that that proposal too will also take great care to only be
minimally invasive.

- Sam Ruby
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