Transition to XML (was Re: Opportunities for XML-DEV)

John Mitchell johnm at
Fri Sep 18 20:04:23 BST 1998

On Fri, 18 Sep 1998, Lisa Rein wrote:

> Simon St. Laurent wrote:
>   Cleaning up the top pages of
> > my site took about 10 minutes.  Other pages will require more work - yes, I
> > plan to go back and fix everything except perhaps the 100+ XSchema fragments.
> It took me WEEKS just to clean up the (pretty horrid) HTML on my little
> site -- but now it is at least HTML 4.0 valid.  I feel this is an
> important first step to first get everyone to at least be well-formed
> HTML, and THEN start pushing for xml transition.  
> The XML transition itself will be more easily accomplished from a web of
> well-formed HTML anyway.  In fact, if I have my dithers, much of it will
> be automatable.   

I'd strongly recommend this HTML-sanitizer:

It automatically closes tags and other things to make your HTML *much*
more XML-friendly.  Another switch will remove "font" etc tags and
automatically replace them with CSS!

- j

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