why distinctions within XHTML?

John Cowan cowan at locke.ccil.org
Wed Sep 8 06:44:49 BST 1999

roddey at us.ibm.com scripsit:

> Does not the 'X' in XHTML pretty much mean that technically there should be no
> 'non-strict' version? I mean if its HTML, its HTML. But, if its XML, then it
> needs to be well formed XML. I think that its going a little too far in the
> direction of backwards compatability to do anything else. All parsers out there
> now would reject non-strict HTML as not well formed anyway, right? I'm assuming
> that non-strict (or traditional, or classic or whatever it is :-) means you
> don't need a </p> for every <p> and so on, right?

No.  "Strict" means "guaranteed not to have deprecated element types and
attributes" in the HTML context; it has nothing to do with SGML vs. XML.

John Cowan                                   cowan at ccil.org
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