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Re: Suggested revised text for HTML/XML report intro

From: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:36:54 -0400
Message-ID: <4E43F716.9020100@arcanedomain.com>
To: rleif@rleif.com
CC: public-html-xml@w3.org, 'Larry Masinter' <LMM@acm.org>, 'Norman Walsh' <ndw@nwalsh.com>


On 8/11/2011 11:00 AM, Robert Leif wrote:
> Since XHTML5 has not been completely specified, no conclusion concerning
> interfacing it with XML can presently be made.

I would very much appreciate a clarification of the thinking behind this 
request. The draft specification says [1]:

"The second concrete syntax is the XHTML syntax, which is an application of 
XML. When a document is transmitted with an XML MIME type, such as 
application/xhtml+xml, then it is treated as an XML document by Web 
browsers, to be parsed by an XML processor. Authors are reminded that the 
processing for XML and HTML differs; in particular, even minor syntax 
errors will prevent a document labeled as XML from being rendered fully, 
whereas they would be ignored in the HTML syntax. This specification 
defines version 5 of the XHTML syntax, known as "XHTML5"."

Though I haven't read the whole spec lately, I believe it goes on to 
specify this "XHTML5", much in the same way as it does HTML5.  So, at the 
very least, the specification as quoted above >does< draw some very 
important conclusions about interfacing XHTML5 with XML.  It specifically 
says that browsers (the most common user agents) will parse it with an XML 
processor. That seems to me to go pretty far toward saying that XHTML5 
documents are indeed processable with XML tool chains.

Furthermore, the media type used is application/xhtml+xml, and the 
normative specification for such media types makes clear that they are to 
be processable as XML [2].

So, I'm having trouble with the premise of your request. Thank you.

Noah

[1] http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#html-vs-xhtml
[2] http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3023.txt
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