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XHTML 1.0 rfc

From: Martin-Eric Racine <q-funk@pp.fishpool.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 1999 06:47:05 -0400 (EDT)
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.96.990426133034.27373A-100000@hal.fishpool.com>


First, let me congratulate you for this effort in normalizing the
styling and rendition of HTML documents.  I have wanted something
like this for a _long_ time.

However, I must say thta 2 aspects of the current proposition seem
completely against established practices, which worries me:

1) XHTML uses lower-case for tags and attributes

   IMHO, this goes against _every_ previous attempt to produce clear, 
   human-readable HTML source.  UPPER-CASE is _much_ easier to read,
   as it clearly establishes a difference between URIs or plain text

   Just look at this paragraph; don't the UPPERCASE bits stand out?
   _That_ is why it's easier to edit or parse UPPERCASE content.

   My recommendation is to rewrite this into:

   "XHTML uses upper-case for tags and attributes"

2) add a / to empty tags, e.g. <br /> and <hr /> 

   Here, this would break the explicit statement that such tags are 
   never encapsulated.  If it's already stated, why complicate it?!
   If it ain't broke, don't fix it...

However, requiring _all_ attribute values to be quoted, plus the
mandatory inclusion of closing tags (where it was previously made
optional) are _very_ good ideas that will certainly clarify _many_
things and help bullet-proof HTML rendition on any browser.

While the previous statements are strictly my own, they very much
follow the current trend we have persued here, at Intellitel.

Hopefully, my two reservations will be taken into account and the
current recommendation rephrased accordingly...


Martin-Eric Racine       http://www.pp.fishpool.com/~q-funk/M-E/
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