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Re: Requests for revising the XHTML 2.0 specification.

From: Mike Housman <housmanbox@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2006 02:18:36 -0700
Message-ID: <BAY107-F36241E2FABA6CDFDE4EE61D9C20@phx.gbl>
To: lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au
Cc: www-html-editor@w3.org, www-html@w3.org

Thanks. The  DIV SRC can replace OBJECT and IFRAME so now moot is my concern 
about IE blocking OBJECT when ActiveX is disabled, unless IMG element is not 
valid in the XHTML 2.0 spec.

----Original Message Follows----
From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
To: Mike Housman <housmanbox@hotmail.com>
CC: www-html-editor@w3.org,  www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Requests for revising the XHTML 2.0 specification.
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2006 10:44:33 +1000

Mike Housman wrote:
>1. Please allow MIME type text/xml+xhtml in the XHTML 2.0 specification. 
>This presents less security risk than MIME type application/xml+xhtml.

Firstly, neither of those MIME types exist, although I believe you are 
referring to application/xhtml+xml.  Secondly, what security risks? Thirdly, 
you should read why text/xml and other text/*+xml MIME types are not 
recommended [1].

>2. Please allow IFRAME in the XHTML 2.0 specification. Microsoft Internet 
>Explorer treats the OBJECT tag as ActiveX which is disabled by me and many 
>other web users for security reasons, and thus many webpages do not display 
>properly. Many webmasters would prefer IFRAME in XHTML 2.0 compliant 

The behaviour of a broken and insecure browser is no reason alter the spec, 
especially when many other browsers don't suffer from the same problems.  
And besides, <object> in XHTML 2 is in a different namespace from XHTML 1.x, 
and so no browser supports it at all.

>3. Please allow the SRC attribute for the DIV element in the XHTML 2.0 
>specification. This would enable the use of DIV as an alternative to the 
>IFRAME and OBJECT elements.

The src attribute applies to almost every element in XHTML 2, but what 
difference does it make by using <div> instead of <object>?

>4. Please create a new comment element with start tag <!> and end tag </!> 
>to replace [or be an alternate to] the current comment syntax: <!-- comment 

Why?  The comment syntax is defined by the XML recommendation and <!> would 
be illegal in XML since "!" is not a valid name [2]

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/webarch/#xml-media-types
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml/#NT-Name

Lachlan Hunt

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