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Re: Use cases

From: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2011 07:15:20 -0500
Message-ID: <4D2460D8.6070902@intertwingly.net>
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
CC: public-html-xml@w3.org
On 01/05/2011 06:27 AM, Henri Sivonen wrote:
> On Jan 5, 2011, at 09:42, James Clark wrote:
>> Note that although a version of nxml-mode that works with HTML5
>> would be a useful thing to have, it would not completely satisfy my
>> use case: I want to create documents that are both HTML5 and XML.
> What's the use case for wanting to do that?

I maintain a tool named Planet Venus.  At the present time, there are a 
number of advantages to serving the content produced as 
application/xhtml+xml to clients that support such (example: being able 
to display MathML and SVG).  Over time, the set of advantages will 
undoubtedly change, but I don't presume that the functions and features 
of the two mime types will ever converge.

Meanwhile, there is clear value in degrading gracefully by serving the 
same content as text/html to clients that don't support 
application/xhtml+xml, even if such clients don't get the benefit of the 
full functionality.

In any case, the output of Planet Venus is a file, and the tool does not 
control how the content is served.  Others use this same tool and serve 
the content unconditionally as text/html.

- Sam Ruby
Received on Wednesday, 5 January 2011 12:16:56 UTC

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