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Re: More on XHTML as text/html

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 17:26:11 +0000 (GMT)
To: Christopher Hoess <choess@stwing.upenn.edu>
Cc: "me@aaronsw.com" <me@aaronsw.com>, "www-archive@w3.org" <www-archive@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0211261725150.4582-100000@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Mon, 25 Nov 2002, Christopher Hoess wrote:
> 2) Hixie, I'm not sure why you assert that "one of the primary goals of 
> XML's development" was to ensure that documents are valid. One of the 
> important things WebSGML/XML achieved, it seems to me, is decoupling 
> well-formedness from validity, so that one doesn't need to build a 
> full-blown content model in order to parse an XML document.

My bad. s/valid/well-formed/.

> My personal perspective on the issue is that since namespaces are verboten 
> in text/html, there is, as Hixie says, really nothing in XHTML-as-
> text/html that you can't get from HTML 4.01. And XHTML adds the additional 
> burden of a number of compatibility guidelines, compliance with which I 
> can't determine through validation. In general, it seems like an exercise 
> in futility and buzzword-compliance. (What was that about chasing after 
> bleeding edge technologies that don't solve real world problems?)

Hear hear!

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