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Bug 6779 - Clarify the difference between elements and tags
Summary: Clarify the difference between elements and tags
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: pre-LC1 HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson) (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All All
: P3 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Keywords: externalComments
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-04-06 10:31 UTC by Lachlan Hunt
Modified: 2010-10-04 14:30 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Lachlan Hunt 2009-04-06 10:31:11 UTC
A commenter on the whatwg blog [1] expressed confusion over the requirement of the root element, while still allowing its tags to be omitted.

The spec is technically correct, but I suggest that the spec include some explanatory text in the Optional Tags section [2] explaining that in the case of omitted tags, particularly start tags, the elements are still present.

Comment 1 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2009-06-01 20:10:22 UTC
Does the note in Optional tags satisfy this?
Comment 2 Maciej Stachowiak 2010-03-14 13:18:44 UTC
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