[Fwd: ATTN: Please comment on XHTML (before it's too late)]
ann at webgeek.com
Sun Aug 29 20:56:47 BST 1999
At 02:32 PM 8/29/99 -0400, David Megginson wrote:
>Ann Navarro writes:
> > At 10:54 AM 8/29/99 -0700, Dave Winer wrote:
> > >As the developer of web content management software, and the
> webmaster for
> > >over a dozen active websites, here's what I think XHTML should be.
> > >
> > >1. A tightening up of HTML. Eliminate the anomalies, like <li>,
> <img>, <p>
> > >that in HTML can appear without balancing </li>, </img>, </p> tags. XHTML
> > >pages should be well-formed XML, with mods to HTML to bring it into
> > >well-formedness.
> > >
> > >That's it. Nothing more
> > And that's exactly the intention of XHTML 1.0.
>There's a little more -- XHTML 1.0 also *requires* the use of one of
>the three XHTML Namespaces and of a DOCTYPE declaration, and hints at
>a future system of modules.
HTML 4.0 *required* the use of a doctype declaration as well (and by
implication, a namespace). There's nothing new or surprising here.
Yes, XHTML will be modularized. Those that want to take advantage of that
will do so, those who don't won't. There's a public working draft on the
subject (in the /TR/ structure) dated in April, so work has indeed
continued after this, and a more current draft, when public, will shed more
light on the group's intentions.
That still doesn't negate the fact that XHTML 1.0 does indeed do what Dave
has asked for.
If he's arguing that that's all *any* XHTML development should do (which I
don't read in his statement),then I disagree with him, as do many others.
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