[whatwg] "C:\fakepath\" in HTML5

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Mar 24 00:49:29 PDT 2009

On Mon, 23 Mar 2009, Alex Henrie wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 11:09 PM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> > I agree. Unfortunately, sometimes we are unable to make choices that 
> > end up with a nice language. :-(
> Well, why not? Is HTML5 supposed to be perfectly compatible with HTML4?

No, but it _is_ intended to be compatible enough with existing content 
that user agents will be willing to implement it.

On Tue, 24 Mar 2009, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> I don't believe I've seen many bugs along these lines for Firefox... 
> can't think of any, in fact.  It seems that the number of such sites 
> might be low enough that we don't need to cater to them.

That's encouraging.

According to Microsoft:


...the problem was with "a significant number of sites (e.g. education 
products, several movie sharing sites, etc) and devices (e.g. popular home 
routers)". The blog post above includes a screenshot of a firmware upgrade 
screen that has this problem. This is not a site that could be fixed.

Maybe someone from Opera could let us know which sites caused them to do 
this? Was it many, as with Microsoft?

This was originally brought up in the W3C HTMLWG:


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