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[Lynx-dev] XHTML: empty "textarea" tag messed up

From: Nils Dagsson Moskopp
Subject: [Lynx-dev] XHTML: empty "textarea" tag messed up
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 05:31:13 +0200

Hello lynx-dev mailing list,

I am doing a free (as in freedom) video content management system [1]
that utilizes XHTML. Since I like the idea of accessability, I often
test my markup in text browsers like lynx. Some time ago I even found
out that you can watch video from the console - VLC with ASCII output is
started when you "click" the video link.

However, our upload and comment forms break in Lynx. I have traced this
to an empty "textarea" tag. While I know that Lynx was never an XHTML
browser, I hereby kindly ask someone to fix that - I am almost sure
other web sites use empty "textarea" tags, too.

Links and W3M show the same behaviour as lynx while elinks just ignores
the "textarea" tag; links2 apparently can't handle XHTML, it displays
the source as text. Netrik seems to be the only text browser that
doesn't break the site upon encoutering this tag. Attached is a test
case with two texareas; it is known to be W3C compatible.

Best regards,

Nils Dagsson Moskopp


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