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   Re: XHTML DTDs failing in IE5

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 13:42:07 -0400 (EDT)

A. G. McDowell writes:

 > I have made a quick search for RFCs promoting the well-known
 > internet dictum
 > "Be liberal in what you accept and conservative in what you send"
 > So far I have found RFC 1122 (perhaps the widest quoted), RFC 791,
 > and RFC 1896. This dictum sounds sensible and has been tested in
 > practice. I don't see how a browser could justify going any further
 > than raising some sort of warning indicator when faced with
 > something it could interpret unambiguously, but dislikes.

It really depends on how serious the consequences of misinterpretation
might be.  Imagine, for example, that the browser tried to supply a
missing tag and incorrectly rendered a chemical from the list of
cleaning agents that *shouldn't* be used to the list of cleaning
agents that *should* be used.

Now, imagine that an aircraft maintenance mechanic then used that
cleaning agent on the insulation around the wiring that passes through
a jet's fuel tank.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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