[whatwg] HTML 5 : Misconceptions Documented

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Sun Jan 18 15:20:28 PST 2009

On Sun, 18 Jan 2009, Mike Wilson wrote:
> Now I am just being curious ;-) but how on earth do you find all quirks 
> (and if they have been specially dealt with) - is it up to reports on 
> the mailing list or are you reading source code? :-)

Lachlan answered most of your questions, but I just wanted to add that 
another source of information we have used is studies of actual existing 
content. Several independent studies have been done on data sets of sizes 
varying from hundreds of pages to literally billions of pages, and we use 
that to inform our decisions too. For example, browser vendors said that 
it was required that the parser treat "<image>" as "<img>", and when we 
looked at actual pages, we found that indeed about 0.2% of pages required 
this, including some pretty high-profile ones. 

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