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[Lynx-dev] A patch for lynx.

From: Zephaniah E. Hull
Subject: [Lynx-dev] A patch for lynx.
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007 03:41:20 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

lynx is fairly good at HTML parsing, however there are a few areas where
it has, issues, mostly because the syntax has mutated a good bit over

The case that has bitten me enough times to make me want to fix it
fairly badly, and which is even more obvious with color styles, is that
of '<tag some_attributes />', which means fairly exactly
'<tag some_attributes></tag>'.

Some valid examples of this are '<a name="chapter1" />', and much worse
for lynx '<script type="text/javascript" src="dhtml.js" />', the latter
is especially bad because lynx simply won't render anything past it.
(And it in the header is absolute death for rendering the page.)

So, with that in mind, the attached patch causes lynx to parse
'<tag attributes />' as '<tag attributes></tag>', this properly renders
the above cases, and I have not found a test that it breaks on.

It still parses '<tag/foo/>' the same way as well.

Reviews, flames, and grumbles are all welcome.

Zephaniah E. Hull.

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