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Re: eval:html_tag_balance - short tags not accepted?

From: Lawrence _at_nospam <_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Jan 27 2011 - 18:50:59 GMT

On 27/01/2011 4:15 AM, Per Jessen wrote:
> I've just been looking at a mail that got a hit on
> HTML_TAG_BALANCE_HEAD due to this:
> <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "">
> <html xmlns="">
> <head/>
> <body style="width: 800px">
> I can't quite figure out whether the short tag syntax is allowed - the HTML
> above was generated by XSLT based on this input:
> <head></head>
> Other "popular" short tags:<br/> <div/> <p/> - I don't think we should
> be judging those to be unbalanced HTML tags.
> /Per Jessen, Zürich
As a person who writes HTML/XHTML every single day, there are several
flaws in your argument:

- <head/> is not valid HTML or XHTML (in any version)
- HTML 4.01 Transitional doesn't allow for an XHTML xmlns attribute, nor
does it permit "short tags"
- The only "valid" short tag that you mentioned is <br />. <div/> and
<p/> are not
- Using a short tag without a space between the name and the / is also
not recommended as it causes problems for older browsers and poorly
written HTML parsers.

You appear to have made a flawed statement based upon a flawed study (no
HTML e-mail will ever be just a <head></head> combination)