XHTML and the Three Namespaces

David Carlisle davidc at nag.co.uk
Wed Sep 22 17:09:37 BST 1999

Ann Navarro writes

> The task and constraints given to the group was to bring HTML 4.0 as it
> was, into XML. That doesn't provide for significant design variations like
> moving to a single DTD with conditionals. 

and yet it allows for a significant (and quite possibly fatal) design
variation like introducing multiple namespaces so making xhtml
vastly harder to use with the coming generation of namespace aware tools?

> New and innovative work is continued into future deliverables, working
> drafts currently available to the public. 

But sadly the real danger is that xhtml will be so broken over this
issue that the whole project is derailed. No one wants to see that

Is it worth risking this just to avoid specifying that HTML versions are
distinguished by the version attribute, rather than by the namespace?


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