[wp-hackers] Re: WordPress, web standards, and (X)HTML
elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Tue Feb 13 12:15:40 GMT 2007
Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis wrote:
> It cleans both HTML and XHTML, though neither massively well. I prefer
> what I've seen of xmllint, myself. But what would either system do when
> it encounters something it can't fix? And if fixes were applied
> aggressively, could authorial intention be compromised?
Authorial intent is a popular fallacy. All we have to go on is the text.
We can't read the author's mind.
If the author had made their markup intent clear neither Tidy nor
TagSoup will change it. However if the author has not made their intent
clear, then Tidy and TagSoup will guess, just as browsers will.
Sometimes the authors may agree with the guesses that the purifiers and
the browsers make. Sometimes they won't. But there are guesses in this
case no matter who makes them.
Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
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