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#24523 closed defect (bug) (fixed)

The "profile" attribute on the head element is obsolete.

Reported by: crashnet Owned by: nacin
Milestone: 3.9 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.5.1
Component: Themes Keywords: has-patch
Focuses: template Cc:


if you try to validade an HTML5 doc, as HTML5, via validator.w3.org, you get the following error:

Validation Output: 1 Error

 Line 3, Column 39: The profile attribute on the head element is obsolete. To declare which meta terms are used in the document, instead register the names as meta extensions. To trigger specific UA behaviors, use a link element instead.
<head profile="http://gmpg.org/xfn/11">

<head profile...> comes from /wp-includes/theme-compat/header.php. Looks like the profile should be registered using META.

Attachments (1)

24523.diff (570 bytes) - added by spmlucas 15 months ago.
Moves profile to meta

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Change History (7)

comment:1 @WraithKenny23 months ago

Theme's aren't supposed to be relying on theme-compat files anymore. They're very deprecated. A very outdated theme might still rely on it, but for back compat issues, WP doesn't "fix" things like this, since that very outdated theme would have been like that for years now. Recommend "wontfix".

comment:2 @SergeyBiryukov23 months ago

Perhaps theme-compat files should have been left out of [18460].

comment:3 @crashnet23 months ago

Theme in question is Grind, from Themedy, running on Genesis 2.0

comment:4 @nacin15 months ago

  • Component changed from Template to Themes
  • Focuses template added
  • Keywords needs-patch added; 2nd-opinion removed
  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 3.9

I agree with Sergey but we might as well fix this.

@spmlucas15 months ago

Moves profile to meta

comment:5 @spmlucas15 months ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed

comment:6 @nacin13 months ago

  • Owner set to nacin
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

In 27716:

Theme compat: Move <head profile> to <link>.

props spmlucas.
fixes #24523.

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