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W3C Working Group Note 18 March 2014

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This specification describes a method for declaring inert DOM subtrees in HTML and manipulating them to instantiate document fragments with identical contents.

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Work on this document has been discontinued and it should not be referenced or used as a basis for implementation. The features previously specified in this document are now specified in HTML5.

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