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MikeGale wrote:According to http://webdesign.about.com/od/htmltags/ ... arquee.htm
The tag is supported by something like...
Why not put an end to "tag soup" by requiring user-agents to only accept markup written to specification?
There are literally dozens if not hundreds of billions of documents already on the Web. A study of a sample of several billion of those documents with a test implementation of the HTML 5 Parser specification that I did at Google put a very conservative estimate of the fraction of those pages with markup errors at more than 78%. When I tweaked it a bit to look at a few more errors, the number was 93%. And those are only core syntax errors — it didn't count misuse of HTML, like putting a p element inside an ol element.
If we required browsers to refuse those documents, then you couldn't browse over 90% of the Web.
But consider — if one browser showed error messages on half the Web, and another browser showed no errors and instead showed the Web roughly as the author intended. Which browser would the average person use?
If we want to make HTML 5 successful, we have to make sure the browser vendors pay attention to it. Any requirements that make their market share go down relative to browsers who aren't following the spec will immediately be ignored.
MikeGale wrote:He (Hickson) makes good points.
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