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RE: Valid XML

From: Patrick Lauke <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 10:47:23 +0100
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> Jim Ley

> <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" 
> "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en">
> <script src="thing.src" type="text/javascript"/>
> <title>Chickens!</title>
> <body>
> <h1>Chickens</h1>
> </body>
> </html>

Fair enough, so IE only understands compatible XHTML 1.0, as it
get thrown by the minimisation of the script element (I assume
your code not having a HEAD was just an oversight, and that
you wanted to emphasise the point that IE gets confused
by not seeing a closing </script> tag)

But, to play devil's advocate: doesn't that reinforce the whole
original point even more? That saying WCAG 1.0 11.1 mandates the
use of *real* XHTML is wrong, seeing that the browser with still
the largest use and market share does not support XHTML? And that,
really, HTML 4.01 is still the flavour of markup that 11.1 mandates
as a baseline (and any sites opting to go with compatible XHTML 1.0
or higher are going one step further than what WCAG 1.0 is requiring
them to do)?

Patrick H. Lauke
Webmaster / University of Salford
Received on Friday, 20 May 2005 09:46:43 UTC

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