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Re: Why HTML should be taught as HTML without pretending it is XML

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 01:16:48 +0300
Message-Id: <546AAE95-2D59-4F11-A5D7-8791D8AAAA48@iki.fi>
Cc: HTML Working Group <public-html@w3.org>
To: Maurice Carey <maurice@thymeonline.com>

On Jul 20, 2007, at 00:48, Maurice Carey wrote:

> Part of this recent surge of public interest in css and web  
> standards is due
> to certain "web pro's" making a name for them self and actually  
> becoming a
> little bit "famous" and then everyone followed their lead.
> and the majority of them explicitly close _every_ tag on their pages.

Yes, that's what this is about.

"a lot of people have drunk the "Zeldman Koolaid" and have the
ideas of XHTML, clean markup, CSS, and conformance to standards in
general all mushed together in their brain[2]. For these people (who I
think represent the upper quartile of web developers in terms of
commitment to good markup) the trailing slash in empty elements is the
syntax of a new generation - it is a symbol that represents everything
that has changed in web design since 1996 - as intrinsically useless as
a fashionable designer label but just as seductive."
  -- James Graham

Henri Sivonen
Received on Thursday, 19 July 2007 22:17:07 UTC

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