bugtex4ht - Bugs: bug #434, HTML mode is spewing some XML code

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bug #434: HTML mode is spewing some XML code

Submitted by:  Hilmar Preusse <hpreusse>
Submitted on:  Tue 30 Jul 2019 07:06:28 PM EEST  
Category: NonePriority: 5 - Normal
Severity: 3 - MinorStatus: None
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: None
Open/Closed: Open

Fri 23 Aug 2019 04:39:07 PM EEST, comment #3:

Ah, that is unfortunate. But is it really worth to fix HTML 4 stuff in 2019? I think we should aim at least at XHTML.

Michal Hoftich <michal_h21>
Project Member
Mon 19 Aug 2019 04:07:51 AM EEST, comment #2:

I'm not sure about this, Michal. If it's only claiming to be "traditional" HTML, not XHTML or HTML5, those XML-ish statements actually break browsers and validation. I've tried to add <hr/> and the like to plain HTML before, and it didn't work out well.

Karl Berry <karl>
Project Administrator
Tue 13 Aug 2019 03:25:38 PM EEST, comment #1:

I don't think this is a bug. tex4ht now produces HTML5 in XML serialization by default, another supported HTML doctype is XHTML. As post-processing that involves XML tools may be used by tex4ht, it is really not a good idea to produce HTML files that are not well-formed XML at the same time.

Michal Hoftich <michal_h21>
Project Member
Tue 30 Jul 2019 07:06:28 PM EEST, original submission:

Hope the bug is still valid.

Command used:
mk4ht htlatex manual-web.tex "html,uni-html4,frames,css2,charset=utf-8,info" " -cunihtf -utf8"

Despite not having any XHTML or XML options enabled, it is outputting various bits of XML:

<br />
<hr class="endfloat" />
<br class="newline" />

Minimal exmample for the <br /> part:



Hilmar Preusse <hpreusse>


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