[whatwg] Null characters

Anne van Kesteren annevk at annevk.nl
Tue Oct 9 04:49:01 PDT 2012

On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 6:09 AM, Cameron Zemek <grom at zeminvaders.net> wrote:
> I assume I'm probably missing some historical reason for this, its
> just struck me as needless complexity. In other words, what good
> reasons exist for ignoring null characters in certain portions of the
> HTML specification?

As Ian said the specification was originally written in the simpler
way. It was then implemented and shipped in Gecko, broke a few sites,
and the somewhat more complex behavior which is more compatible with
legacy user agent handling was introduced. It's really not that
different from parsing <image> as <img> or <table><p> as <p><table>.


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