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Re: XHTML 1.0 versus HTML 4.01

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2005 00:18:57 +0100
Message-ID: <002001c55424$4fb33e70$0200000a@Snufkin>
To: <public-evangelist@w3.org>

"Brian Kelly" <B.Kelly@ukoln.ac.uk>
>> You don't go back to something. You only choose the language which
>> suits your need. There's nothing wrong in one or the other.
> Section 11.1 of WCAG 1.0 states:
> "Use W3C technologies when they are available and appropriate for a task 
> and use
> the latest versions when supported. [Priority 2]" [1]
> Surely for WCAG AA compliance you have to use XHTML 1.0 (assuming XHTML 
> 1.0 is
> the latest version of HTML)?

There's an XHTML 1.1 in any case... but XHTML is not a latest version of 

"XHTML 1.0 (this specification) is the first document type in the XHTML 
family. It is a reformulation of the three HTML 4 document types as 
applications of XML 1.0 [XML]. "

>Note the above statement gives no hint of any
> user choice, along the lines you suggest.

>> I'm about to definitely switch my *personal* Web site to application/
>> xhtml+xml, which might crash users of IE 6.0 Win.

I have never heard of an IE6 crash with the usage of this mime-type, it 
handles it correctly in all testing I've done.  Could you provide some more 
info on this crash?

>> For IE7 Win, there's a request for application/xhtml+xml support on
>> their wiki.
>> http://channel9.msdn.com/wiki/default.aspx/
>> Channel9.InternetExplorerStandardsSupport

That would be a disaster, XHTML's conformance requirements are too demanding 
for a browser.


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