[rfc-i] Graceful degradation is key, was: Re: draft-hildebrand-html-rfc

Iljitsch van Beijnum iljitsch at muada.com
Sat Jul 14 08:26:58 PDT 2012


On 14 Jul 2012, at 17:24 , Tim Bray wrote:

> OK, now that we've shredded all the counterfactual arguments, what's left is grep. Yep, multi-word grep is broken on markup languages like XML and HTML because of the invisible tags, which nroff output doesn't have. It's also broken on nroff output, because of the artificial newlines, which *ML needn't have. Single-word grep works fine, either way.

No, you can't use tools like grep because once you've found something, you can't see that what you found properly if it doesn't display fully on the command line.


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