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Bug 10987 - option and optgroup elements - flow content?
Summary: option and optgroup elements - flow content?
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LC1 HTML5 spec (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC Windows XP
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Depends on:
Reported: 2010-10-07 06:22 UTC by Jim Michaels
Modified: 2011-08-04 05:16 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Description Jim Michaels 2010-10-07 06:22:27 UTC
option and optgroup elements are possibly missing "flow content" designation in the html 5 specification.

I was concerned with the results of the HTML5 validator's results when it flagged my html 5 option elements as bad. I was using 

the states that to future proof your code you should close all your tags.  in the spec , the option element is not specified using "flow content" designation, so it is therefore a singleton.  so I used <option /> according to w3school's recommendation to use the xhtml style / to close singleton tags.  this failed the validator.  so either the validator is buggy, or the spec is missing the "flow content" designation.

the dl and dt elements are specified as having flow content (which I think means having open and close tags) whereas before in my html 4.0 handbook they were singletons. 

the option tag and optgroup look like mistakes.  they are missing all the "content" flags one would normally find (at least the flow content, if you are going to do dl and dt).

I am just a user of html and a web programmer (actually a software engineer).
so specifications to me are important.
please fix either the validator or the spec.
Comment 1 Jim Michaels 2010-10-09 02:00:49 UTC
I think I am wrong about the optgroup element.  it seems to stand just fine without any child text.  so why should it need flow content?  I don't know it attributes are flow content or not, but it has 1 attribute.

everybody seems to do option, dt, dl, and li tags their own way.  why?  because the fact that they are singletons or open/close is not clearly delineated in the spec.  please make this clear in the html and xhtml and wml specifications.

thank you.
Comment 2 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2010-10-12 10:08:21 UTC
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Status: Did Not Understand Request
Change Description: no spec change

The flow content category has nothing to do with the "/>" style, which is only allowed on void elements, of which neither <optgroup> nor <option> are one.

I'm not really sure what the problem in the spec is here.
Comment 3 Michael[tm] Smith 2011-08-04 05:16:48 UTC
mass-move component to LC1