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XHTML file extensions

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2010 21:38:40 -0800
Message-ID: <4B70F4E0.9040803@inkedblade.net>
To: "public-css-testsuite@w3.org" <public-css-testsuite@w3.org>
The current filename format limits file extensions to three letters, which has given us
.htm (a common and widely-recognized alternative to .html), and .xht (uncommon). The
reason for 3-letter file extensions was that, at the time the format was devised, some
platforms could not handle 4-letter extensions.

I'm wondering if it would help testers if we changed .xht to .xhtml or .xml, and if it's
possible to do so now without limiting our testing audience. (It's easy for us to send the
correct MIME type on the servers either way. The question is whether it would help people
writing and running tests locally, and if so, whether it would not interfere with less
common test environments.)

Thoughts?

~fantasai
Received on Tuesday, 9 February 2010 05:39:17 GMT

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