Meant that a br "block" had been opened, and that parser might wait around for a closing:
Which would never appear.
Another good example of an "empty" element that needs a trailing slash to be XHTML compliant is the <img /> element. Elements that do have a closing element, such as <body>...</body>, should not have a / before the >.
Got a LiveJournal account? Keep up with the latest articles in this FAQ by adding our syndicated feed to your friends list!