[thelist] Why do we say what we say?

Jon Hughes hughesj at firemtn.com
Thu Oct 25 11:32:09 CDT 2007

> Officially, HTML rendering is supposed to ignore attributes it
> doesn't understand.  br is a legitimate tag, but br/ is not.  Thus,
> <br/> is illegitimate HTML tag, while <br /> is a legitimate HTML tag
> with an unknown "/" attribute.  IN THEORY, an html renderer should no
> more understand <br/> than it understands <blearg>.
> So they stuck the space into the XHTML spec specifically for
> backwards compatibility with HTML.
> Stephen Rider
> --

Wait a sec... are you saying I shouldn't be using <blearg> anymore?


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