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Re: XHTML 1.0 versus HTML 4.01

From: Andrew Cunningham <andrewc@vicnet.net.au>
Date: Mon, 09 May 2005 11:38:31 +1000
Message-ID: <427EBF17.9030107@vicnet.net.au>
To: Rimantas Liubertas <ic@rimantas.com>
Cc: public-evangelist@w3.org

This whole thread is odd.

Of course IE6 doesn't understand application/xhtml+xml. I could be 
wrong, but i believe that the recommendation to use the 
application/xhtml+xml mimetype probably came out after IE6 was under 
development. So not suprising that IE6 doesn't support it.

w.r.t. IE7, most people I know do not use WinXP-sp2, so most people i 
know will not be able to use IE&, unless Microsoft has changed its 
stance. I guess its a case of waiting to see what IE7 will do or will 
not do.

And also remember that XHTML 1.0 spec doies have an appendix C, which 
discusses compatability issues when the text/html mimetype is used.

Rimantas Liubertas wrote:
> Jim Ley wrote:
> <...>
>>>> 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?
> What do you mean by "handles it correctly" - the fact that you get "save 
> as" dialog?
>>>> 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.
> I am confused. You claim IE6 has no problems with application/xhtml+xml
> but this would be disaster for IE7??
> Regards,
> Rimantas
> -- 
> http://rimantas.com/
> .

Andrew Cunningham
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