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From "Tim Williams" <>
Subject Re: Valid HTML (or not)
Date Wed, 18 Jul 2007 11:50:30 GMT
On 7/18/07, Ross Gardler <> wrote:
> Let me be controversial...
> Forrest should not be concerned with outputting valid HTML
> ---
> Now let me clarify, I'm not talking about a complete free for all. I'm
> talking about conforming to standards where possible, but allowing
> flexibility where necessary. Specifically I am talking about
> additional attributes that are not in HTML.
> Why?
> To create Ajax interfaces we need to have attributes that are not
> valid HTML. For example, my DOAP plugin cannot use Exhibit properly
> because we do not allow arbitrary attributes in our output, such as
> "ex:facets='.category'"
> The future?
> Since we are moving to XHTML2 this will not be a problem as we can use
> namespaces.
> What does this mean?
> At this stage it means we allow namespaced attributes from a source
> doc to pass through to the output HTML.
> Any objections to me making this change?

Nope, it's reasonable.  Have you thought through what introducing some
of these technologies means for our static build?  Just curious.


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