XHTML 1.0 returned to HTML WG

rev-bob at gotc.com rev-bob at gotc.com
Fri Nov 5 10:45:00 GMT 1999

> > Okay, maybe I'm a little brighter than the HTML coders you're thinking of, but I
> > spawned an XHTML version of my site with fairly little trouble.
> [multi-step saga deleted]

Wow...my process qualifies as a saga.  Cool.  Not bad for about a week-long "when I 
have time" project.
> For those who are going to do this, I recommend the use of HTML Tidy, an
> open-source program that cleans up junk HTML (as produced by the products of a
> certain corporation, or by "HTML coders") and has a switch to generate XML.

I considered that option, but it had one problem I just couldn't overcome.  See, my pages 
are assembled on the fly.  The core part is one document, but common fragments are 
stored in a database and in various include files.  Add in the pre-server and server-side 
scripting languages, and I really don't think HTML Tidy could handle it.

But, there again, perhaps this is a more advanced (or maybe just more complex) system 
than the aforementioned "HTML coders" are supposedly using.  Yes, if someone's idea 
of web design is firing up FrontPage or PageMill, HTML Tidy will do them a world of 
good...but once you get into database connectivity and server-side scripting languages 
like iHTML, that utility will not help you.

Incidentally, on something completely unrelated - as I read the HTML4 spec, the Q 
element is supposed to insert quote marks.  Has anyone out there actually encountered a 
browser that handles that correctly?  (Part of my site's content is fiction, and I was 
thinking about using Q with the TITLE attribute to identify the speakers in a few chunks 
of dialogue.  Yet, when I tested it on IE5, no quotes.  Am I misreading the spec, or is 
IE5 noncompliant on this element?)

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