Fw: XHTML 1.0 returned to HTML WG

Tim Berners-Lee timbl at w3.org
Wed Nov 3 21:37:35 GMT 1999

FYI - tim

-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl at w3.org>
To: w3c-ac-members at w3.org <w3c-ac-members at w3.org>
Date: Wednesday, November 03, 1999 11:22 AM
Subject: W3C: XHTML 1.0 returned to HTML WG

>Dear Advisory Committee Member,
> XHTML 1.0 is hereby sent back to the HTML working group for further work.
>On 24th August 1999, we asked for review of the XHTML 1.0 Proposed
>Recommendation. The review period lasted until September 22nd. It
>was encouraging to see so many member organizations planning on
>delivering products supporting XHTML.
>There was, however, a significant lack of consensus around a number of
>points, based on the feedback received during the review. The HTML
>working group is being asked to address the issues raised and to
>present a revised specification for further member review as soon
>as possible.
>In summary, W3C Members wanted the HTML working group to revise
>the XHTML 1.0 specification to utilize a single namespace.
>There are a number of separate questions involved in this,
>such as whether a namespace identifier should be changed
>(a) between versions of the same specification and (b) between
>different strict, transitional and frameset document types of the
>original HTML 4 spec on which xHTML is based.
>A few respondents were also concerned about the use of the text/xml
>media type for delivering xHTML, considering this to be "premature".
>If a document conforming to XML 1.0 and XML Namespaces is not to be
>considered "text/xml", this raises an important issue as to what is.
>Whatever decision is made, XHTML as a specification must of
>course define some conformance phrase (what it is that it is defining)
>and the constraints on and meaning of a conforming document.
>We will be sending out a separate message on the HTML 4.01
>specification, which was reviewed at the same time as XHTML 1.0.
>Tim Berners-Lee
>Director W3C

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