Make --html4tags the default?

Shawn Medero soypunk at
Wed May 2 18:54:47 EDT 2007

On 5/2/07, Milian Wolff <mail at> wrote:

> Am Donnerstag, 03. Mai 2007 schrieb Milian Wolff:

> > Validate the following document:

> >


> Woha, just pushed it through validome and it says indeed that the trailing

> slashes are not allowed in html!

> Now I'm speechless!

Because HTML is not XML and XHTML (XML) is not HTML. :)

[Tim Berners-Lee based a fair bit HTML's syntax on SGML][1]. SGML and
XML don't have the same notion of empty tags.

Now can you imagine if all web browsers displayed a parsing error
instead of your rendered HTML document because people (or software)
put a trailing slash on <br> tags by honest mistake? This is one
reason why the debate rages on concerning display of XHTML documents
as application/xhtml+xml.



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