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Re: [xml-dev] Proper Terminology: empty element or standalone elementor void element?

On 14/12/2010 11:05, Costello, Roger L. wrote:
 > What is the correct term?

it depends what language you are using.

"void element" is an html5 invention it refers to the element not the 
syntax. Note that in html5 /> is just the same thing as >.
Elements defined to be void (like img) do not take an end tag so they 
can be written equivalently as
<img/> or <img>
but not as

If you look at something like <p/> then in xml that denotes an empty p 
element but in html5 it's non conforming, but parses in the same way as 
<p> that is, it parses as a start tag.


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