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Re: XHTML 1.0 versus HTML 4.01

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2005 08:43:10 +0100
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"Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>
> However, two IE service packs later, and the browser still doesn't know 
> what to do when it is served application/xhtml+xml. Certainly, rewriting 
> its core engine would be too big a job, but at least it could have 
> reverted to treating it like tag soup HTML at the very least...but that's 
> academic.

XHTML has strict conformance requirements (as part of the XML requirements) 
that prevent conformant browsers from rendering XHTML as if it were 
tag-soup, indeed the whole supposed benefits of XHTML is that will not be 
rendered as tag-soup, there is absolutely no point it existing without the 
XML conformance requirements underpinning it.

IE7 must not treat XML vocabularies as tag soup, that would be a very bad 
thing for XHTML.

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