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Re: Empty span/div tags in RDFa pages

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 01:11:48 +0000 (UTC)
To: Toby Inkster <tai@g5n.co.uk>
Cc: RDFa mailing list <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0910270107480.3716@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Mon, 26 Oct 2009, Toby Inkster wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-10-26 at 18:40 +0100, Julian Reschke wrote:
> > Which of course is caused by the fact that you simply can't serve 
> > XHTML as text/html. The media type is authoritative, so recipients 
> > will treat it as HTML.
> 
> I think this is something that is often overstated.
> 
> RFC 2854 notes that "different versions [of HTML] are distinguishable by 
> the DOCTYPE declaration contained within them", so -- assuming that 
> XHTML is a "version" of HTML, whatever that means -- it is not incorrect 
> behaviour to detect an XHTML DOCTYPE and perform version-specific 
> parsing on the content.
> 
> I realise that many popular user agents (especially desktop browsers) do 
> not do this, but that doesn't make it wrong to do so.

This is one of the main things that HTML5 fixes in its updated text/html 
registration:

  http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/iana.html#text/html

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