"Empty" text

Miles semanticist at gmail.com
Tue Jul 10 02:39:56 CEST 2007

On Jul 9, 4:30 am, Nick Craig-Wood <n... at craig-wood.com> wrote:
> Marc 'BlackJack' Rintsch <bj_... at gmx.net> wrote:
> >  On Sun, 08 Jul 2007 22:23:20 +0200, Jan Danielsson wrote:
> > >    Firefox is very unhappy about the textarea not having separate
> > > opening and a closing tags. i.e. I need this:
> >
> >  Then either Firefox is broken or you don't declare your XHTML properly and
> >  Firefox thinks it's HTML.
> I suspect the former - we noticed exactly the same thing (can't
> remember which tags we were having problems with), using the
> declaration :-
>   <?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
>   <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
>   "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
> I haven't tested this again recently though.

Firefox is not broken.  The XML prolog and DOCTYPE do not affect HTML
vs. XHTML interpretation--only the Content-Type does.  If you are
serving a page as "text/html", which you almost certainly are, then
all browsers will parse it as HTML, regardless of prolog and doctype,
and HTML does not support self-closing tags.  You need to serve the
page as "application/xhtml+xml", or avoid self-closing tags on
elements other than <img>, <br>, <link>, etc.


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