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From Grzegorz Kossakowski <>
Subject Re: XHTML Serializer block/Ajax: Bug
Date Fri, 16 Mar 2007 20:52:50 GMT
Joerg Heinicke napisaƂ(a):
> (moving to dev list)
> To be honest I'm quite intolerant in this regard: I would even remove 
> this code. It's an all or nothing decision - where you probably can't 
> reach all.
> What's actually happening? People want to use XHTML because it's cool, 
> in or state of the art, but they have to support browsers that don't 
> handle XHTML correctly or they break it themselves by not providing 
> the XHTML correctly and forcing the browsers into the quirks mode.
> Then we get 20 bug reports for 10 issues in special cases because not 
> all quirks have been addressed yet. And we complicate our code base 
> more and more. Just have a look at XHTMLSerializer commits [1]: 
> special tags handling, omit-xml-declaration and now the 
> not-to-be-escaped characters. And what for at the end? That something 
> formerly known as XHTML can be understood by the browsers in quirks 
> mode and gets parsed as tag soup again.
> But why not staying with HTML then??? Why is the XHTMLSerializer be 
> used in those cases? IMO we should NOT implement any special case 
> handling in XHTMLSerializer but tell the people to use the 
> HTMLSerializer.
I agree with you, Joerg, on all you said.
Moreover, I wonder why we need special XHTMLSerializer? As XHTML is only 
XML with special namespace and tag set why we don't use just normal xml 
serializer and configure proper mime type? Do I miss something important?

Grzegorz Kossakowski

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