[whatwg] <figure><img><* caption>

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Wed Dec 2 01:03:25 PST 2009

On Dec 2, 2009, at 12:58 AM, Hugh Guiney wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 9:58 PM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com>  
> wrote:
>> It's not just rendering issues - all current browsers produce a  
>> broken DOM
>> when you include <legend> outside of <fieldset>, ranging from  
>> dropping the
>> <legend> element entirely to creating a fieldset to doing the IE  
>> thing of
>> adding void elements named "legend" and "/legend" (but without the  
>> usual
>> script workaround.
> Is this issue being addressed by the latest DOM specification? It
> seems there should really be a standard behavior for browsers when
> encountering unknown or unexpected elements that ensures that the next
> version of HTML is not similarly encumbered by this.

HTML5 parsing requirements will fix this both for <legend> and for  
unknown elements.

For what it's worth, all non-IE browsers handle unknown elements in a  
consistent way, and IE can be made to do so by first creating an  
instance of said element in script. <legend> is not a new element  
though, it has a longstanding use in <fieldset> many of it's  
particular oddities stem from the fact that browsers have only  
expected it to appear inside <fieldset>, where it has specialized  


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