Re: [xml] Parsing tag-soup HTML

Nick Kew wrote:
Stefan Behnel <stefan_ml behnel de> wrote:
Nick Kew wrote:
On Mon, 18 Jun 2007 08:14:01 -0400
Try running the following through "xmllint --html":

<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;charset=ascii" />
<html lang="en">
<body><h1>Hello, World</h1></body>
In that case I would actually prefer making it a general special case
rule in the current parser to interpret a leading <meta> tag as an
encoding hint to the parser. That would add quite a portion of
real-world non-HTML to the set of parsable (i.e. fixable) documents.
I'm trying to get away from ad-hoc fixes!

I don't consider that an ad-hoc fix. It's just special casing a specific type
of broken HTML that exists in real life. I wouldn't even mind if the <meta>
tag was discarded, it should just

a) be interpreted as an encoding hint
b) not change the remaining 'real' markup.

I think such a rule should go into the mainstream parser.


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