[whatwg] Script, style and backwards compatibility

Simon Pieters zcorpan at gmail.com
Sun Apr 29 16:19:11 PDT 2007

 From http://forums.whatwg.org/viewtopic.php?t=38

I can extract two requests.

1. Explain how authors are supposed to "comment" their <script> and  
<style> elements in HTML5. (Post #171.)

Something along the following lines could be inserted as a note in the  
syntax section, e.g. after the "CDATA elements can have text, ..."  

    Old browsers that don't understand the style or script elements
    (introduced in HTML 3.2) will attempt render their contents. However,
    the strings "<!--" and "-->" are part of the CSS syntax, and "<!--" is
    equivalent to "//" in JavaScript, so authors who don't want to reveal
    their style sheets or scripts to users with such browsers can simply
    comment them out. [CSS21] [ECMA262]



(But it is an issue though that ECMAScript 262 still doesn't define the  
<!-- magic.)

2. Explain how HTML5 and XHTML5 differ in practice. (Post #187.)

e.g. something like http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/HtmlVsXhtml could be  
included as a non-normative appendix to the spec, or referenced to in the  
HTML vs. XHTML section, or similar.

Simon Pieters

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