ATTN: Please comment on XHTML (before it's too late)

David Megginson david at
Sun Aug 29 01:17:32 BST 1999

For those of you who haven't noticed, XHTML has gone to Proposed
Recommendation (PR) status at the W3C:

Unlike the last XHTML Working Draft, this PR has reverted to defining
*three* separate XHTML Namespace URIs (transitional, strict, and
frameset) with the threat of more HTML Namespaces in the future.

As a developer, I believe that this is a seriously broken idea: we
need a single HTML Namespace URI so that we can identify and process
HTML markup embedded in other document types; if we have to check
three or more qualified names just to figure out that we have an HTML
<p> element (and write three separate patterns in XSL, etc.) then
we're in serious trouble.

I'd like to encourage everyone on XML-Dev to read the XHTML PR (I give
the URL in the first paragraph) and then to send their comments,
positive or negative, to any or all of the following locations
(unfortunately, the XHTML spec doesn't give an address specifically
for public comments, so you have to take your best guess):

w3c-html-review at
w3t-html at

(and, also, to be safe)

www-html-editor at

You can also send a copy of your comments to www-html at if you
happen to belong to that list, so that they will be archived in a
public place.

Thanks, and all the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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