[Webkit-unassigned] [Bug 7139] New: Drop support for <isindex>

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Tue Feb 7 22:20:01 PST 2006


           Summary: Drop support for <isindex>
           Product: WebKit
           Version: 420+ (nightly)
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML DOM
        AssignedTo: webkit-unassigned at opendarwin.org
        ReportedBy: ian at hixie.ch

According to my study of one billion Web pages, less than 0.0013% of pages use
the <isindex> element. In fact, so few pages use it that it didn't appear on my
top 1000 most-used elements list, meaning it was used less than <side_ads>,
<preform>, <titolo>, <bdbereich>, <org>, <cunet>, <l1>, <hot:trolley>, and
numerous other bogus elements.

<isindex> has been a pain (see e.g. bug 4574 or bug 4828), and Safari's support
for it differs from Mozilla's, IE's, and Opera's.

I would like to drop support for parsing <isindex> specially in HTML5. If it
turns out that <isindex> _is_ in fact used, then we'll find out about it soon
and can change the HTML5 spec so that it is clear how it should be implemented.

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