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Re: Suggested revised text for HTML/XML report intro

From: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2011 02:45:12 -0400
To: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Cc: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, "public-html-xml@w3.org" <public-html-xml@w3.org>, Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>
Message-ID: <20110816064512.GA19375@mercury.ccil.org>
Noah Mendelsohn scripsit:

> Hmm. First of all, I certainly would be glad to find out that XML5    
> could "work", and be widely accepted; it's just the sort of direction 
> I was hoping the task force would find to be practical.               

I continue to believe that XML5 is not practical because of the
generality of XML.  Malformed HTML can be repaired on the principle of
"change it to be well-formed HTML that browsers will treat identically
to the original."  No equivalent principle exists for XML, because there
are no privileged XML-processing applications; the canonical application
for XML depends on the variety of XML, and may not even exist for many

John Cowan   cowan@ccil.org    http://ccil.org/~cowan
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enemy country in wartime.  The answer is psychotic, but it is the answer
that humanity has given to every act of aggression in history.  --Northrop Frye
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