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Re: SVG and MathML in text/html

From: Jeff Schiller <codedread@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 10:44:34 -0500
Message-ID: <da131fde0803110844m6555fe5ag58d2a937f1d8591c@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Doug Schepers" <schepers@w3.org>
Cc: "HTMLWG Tracking WG" <public-html@w3.org>

On 3/11/08, Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org> wrote:
>
>  Hi, Henri-
>
>  Henri Sivonen wrote (on 3/10/08 4:51 PM):
>  >
>  > XHTML totally failed to use the well-known strategy of leveraging the
>  > existing network effects by being compatible with the installed base of
>  > the previous technology generation.
>
>
> I strongly agree with you here.  I think that that was a serious failing
>  of the deployment of XHTML.
>
>  I also want to emphasize, however, that the same situation obtains in
>  reverse here.  SVG already has a wide deployment base on mobiles, and in
>  legacy viewers, that demands strict content (with the odd exception in
>  the case of namespace declaration in Adobe's viewer).  The network
>  effect would be critically lessened if an incompatible serialization of
>  SVG were deployed, as I said before.
>

In fairness, unlike XHTML, Henri's suggestion allows the existing
deployed SVG content (i.e. conforming XML) to be used directly in
HTML5, it just doesn't condem the content if it's non-conforming XML.
My only fear is that this will eventually allow tutorials out there to
drop some of the XML aspects and end up with non-conforming SVG
fragments that cannot be read into tools as standalone documents.

If all SVG viewers and editors could be magically updated to support a
text/html serialization of SVG then I'd be less concerned.
Received on Tuesday, 11 March 2008 15:44:51 UTC

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