HTML != XML (was Re: [ANN] Kludgey workarounds for xt)

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Sep 9 20:39:15 BST 1998

Andrew Bunner scripsit:

> (Interesting aside, IE will
> display the right thing if you close a stand-along tag with />, but
> Netscape will not)

Both IE and Netscape will cope if you add a space before the
"/>".  This is legal XML.

>   <stating-the-obvious>Java Script engines are not easy things to
> write.</stating-the-obvious> I think it's unlikely that developers are
> going to redefine the Java Script language to interpret &lt; as < ... my
> opinion (hope) is that the standard should accomodate this.

The problem arrived when Netscape decided to treat SCRIPT elements
specially.  This behavior then got standardized by giving SCRIPT
a CDATA content model, which is Evil.  The Right Thing would have
been for Netscape to wrap SCRIPT content in a CDATA section.

John Cowan		cowan at
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		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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