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Re: Versioning and html[5] : application/xhtml+xml

From: Alan Dean <alan.dean@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2007 09:41:27 +0100
Message-ID: <6fb173f50705040141m6eae6701vb6a9e0b5897b36aa@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-html@w3.org
Cc: Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com

Chris,

Re: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2007Apr/0612.html

I can understand why the IE team is loath to take actions that 'break
the web' in terms of backwards compatibility, quirks mode, etc.

My question is this:

1) IE7 will not render an xhtml document presented as application/xhtml+xml.
2) There is, therefore, nothing to break (it already doesn't work).
3) Given 1 and 2 above, is it feasible to support a 'clean' html[5]
when presented as application/xhtml+xml and preserve backwards
compatibility when presented with text/html?

There may be a very good reason why this is not feasible, of course,
but (to me) it has a feeling of some elegance.

See also:
http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/09/15/467901.aspx
http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml-media-types/#media-types

Regards,
Alan Dean
http://thoughtpad.net/alan-dean
Received on Friday, 4 May 2007 08:41:34 GMT

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