[whatwg] Make quoted attributes a conformance criteria

Kornel Lesinski kornel at geekhood.net
Thu Jul 23 13:05:05 PDT 2009

On Thu, 23 Jul 2009 19:32:28 +0100, Eduard Pascual <herenvardo at gmail.com>

>> I don't think there's any value in having the spec take a stance like
>> this.  It's a matter of taste, IMO.
> While I don't consider a hard requirement would be appropriate, there
> is an audience sector this discussion seems to be ignoring: Authoring
> Tools' developers. IMO, it would be highly desirable to have some
> guidelines for these tools to determine when they *should* quote
> attribute values.

I think this requirement is even less relevant for authoring tools:

    * It's not a problem for tools to use unquoted attributes in a  
perfectly safe manner.
    * Not all code generated by tools is intended to be edited by humans,  
and in such cases shorter code is likely to be preferred over  
human-readable code.
    * Tools that offer editing of HTML source code may (and often do) have  
syntax highlighting and validation.

regards, Kornel Lesinski

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