[whatwg] basefont

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Jun 6 17:53:26 PDT 2007

On Mon, 20 Mar 2006, Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> I'm just wondering how you're intending to deal with <basefont>? AFAIK, 
> the only browser that supports it these days is IE, but it does so by 
> breaking the DOM (I could be mistaken, but I think NN4 supported it 
> too).
> Considering that no other modern browser supports it and that IE's DOM 
> looks like this when base font is used:
> <!DOCTYPE html>
> <title>test</title>
> <p><basefont face="Arial" size="3">test</p>
> #comment: CTYPE ht
>   HEAD
>     TITLE
>     BASEFONT face="Arial"
>       BODY
>         P
>           #text: test
>   BODY (shown as error)
> I think it should be made officially obsolete.  It should be inserted 
> into the DOM as an empty element, but UAs should ignore it.  UAs may 
> choose to support it at their own risk, but must not do so by breaking 
> the DOM like IE does.

Agreed. Done.

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