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[xhtml2] User agent definition for XHTML 2.0

From: <karl@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2006 03:27:37 -0000
To: www-html-editor@w3.org
Message-Id: <20060817032743.C29544F5B3@homer.w3.org>

Hi,
This is a QA Review comment for "XHTML 2.0"
http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-xhtml2-20060726/
2006-07-26
8th WD

About http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-xhtml2-20060726/terms.html

In the section "2. Terms and Definitions",

	"user agent
	any software that retrieves and renders Strictly 
	Conforming Documents for users. This may include 
	browsers, media players, plug-ins, and other programs 
	— including assistive technologies — that help in 
	retrieving and rendering such documents. See also 
	Conforming User Agent."
	
In this definition, search engine bots, parsers *and* authoring tools are excluded from the group of "user agents". Though the word "author"/"authoring"/etc is mentionned 77 times.

Excluding some type of user agents will be unlikely to favor interoperability AND to push forward XHTML 2.0 on some markets, like search engines for example. In the introduction, the specification explicitly says:

	"Integration with the Semantic Web: make XHTML2 amenable 
	for processing with semantic web tools."
 
And in the Document module

	"7.4. The body element
	The content may be processed by a user agent in a 
	variety of ways. […] and a search engine may create 
	an index prioritized according to properties of the 
	text."
	http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-xhtml2-20060726/mod-document.html




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