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Re: Introducing the W3C HTML/XML Task Force

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2010 08:56:35 +0100
Message-ID: <4D1AE9B3.2060503@gmx.de>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
CC: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@marklogic.com>, public-html@w3.org
On 28.12.2010 22:39, Ian Hickson wrote:
> ...
> In what sense is there a _growing_ chasm between HTML and XML? HTML today
> is significantly closer to XML than HTML4 was, for example it supports the
> "/" syntax on void elements, it allows xmlns="" talismans, etc. Surely the
> two are in fact closer than ever. Indeed even before the HTMLWG was
> restarted at the W3C, the WHATWG had spent significant efforts in getting
> them as close as possible while maintaining backwards compatibility.
> ...

One factor here certainly is perception. HTML5 documents a chasm that 
was already there. It makes it more clear what the chasm is.

That being said, it *is* growing partly. For instance, HTML5 didn't need 
to add new void elements, and it could have ruled them out for the future.

Best regards, Julian
Received on Wednesday, 29 December 2010 07:57:13 UTC

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