[whatwg] Allowing ">" in attribute values
Tab Atkins Jr.
jackalmage at gmail.com
Thu Jun 24 09:01:55 PDT 2010
On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 8:20 AM, Benjamin M. Schwartz
<bmschwar at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
> On 06/24/2010 11:04 AM, Kornel Lesinski wrote:
>> If you mean "parsing" with regular expressions, then I think that's a bad practice and shouldn't be encouraged.
> Worldwide, regarding HTML, I'm sure there is 100 times more regular
> expression processing code than full-on lexing code. Most code that
> processes HTML is embedded in scripts, doing some small special-purpose
> operation. Those regular expressions aren't going away. Helping them
> break less is a noble cause.
Actually, if we could make regex-based "parsing" break more, it would
probably be a net positive for the world. Regexes are the source of
so many holes in "validation"-type scripts.
In any case, XML doesn't require > to be escaped in attribute values,
and HTML doesn't appear to either. In practice, > is used in
attribute values, so declaring it verboten wouldn't be helpful.
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