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Subject: RE: [office] RE: [office-comment] ODF security hazard? (ODF all versions)

I agree about malformed documents.  I would not have gone so far, and the
peculiarities of HTML in that regard are serious.

I don't recall what XML says about processing of non-well-formed documents
(don't have it in front of me and can't remember if it is deemed fatal or
not, although I would hope so.)

 - Dennis 

-----Original Message-----
From: robert_weir@us.ibm.com [mailto:robert_weir@us.ibm.com] 
Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2009 15:26
To: office@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [office] RE: [office-comment] ODF security hazard? (ODF all

Moving the discussion to the office list, where it belongs...

"Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamilton@acm.org> wrote on 02/21/2009 
05:32:30 PM:

> However, I think Postel's law is a great argument in favor of 
> permissive foreign-element handling.
>  - Dennis

Indeed, it is a good argument for an application handling such content. 
But it is a poor argument for allowing such markup in conformant 
documents.  It simply doesn't follow. Look at HTML, by analogy.  Most web 
pages are not valid HTML.  Many are not even well formed.  Should we then 
allow invalid and malformed documents to be considered conformant HTML?  I 
don't think so.  But the presence of such documents on the web is a good 
argument for designing a web browser to be robust when given such 
non-conforming documents.  You could certainly specify such a robustness 
requirement in the conformance clause for an HTML processor.


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