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Re: XHTML

From: Frank Boumphrey <bckman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 21:19:00 -0500
Message-ID: <000201bf3572$65f71a20$2faddccf@preferreduser>
To: "Daniel Hiester" <alatus@earthlink.net>, <www-html@w3.org>
> Does this represent, in the _opinion_ of people in the working group, "the
> death of HTML?"

That depends on your definition of 'death'.

I prefer to think of it as an evolutionary process, just as Homo Sapiens
evolved from Homo Neandatalist (or some close relative), so XHTML has
evolved from HTML

> What I mean is, does the effort of the working group to create / promote
> XHTML represent an attempt to bring to an end a winding, twisting history
of
> the SGML-based HTML language, and start a brand new era? I

This is my reading of the plan.

Is SGML-based HTML
> too limited to continue to grow in a rate comparable with the growth of
> demand being placed upon it?

SGML based HTML responds too slowly to change, with XML based XHTML it will
be possible for interested parties to create their own subsets and add them
to XHTML.

See
http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/

http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Activity.html

Frank

----- Original Message -----
From: Daniel Hiester <alatus@earthlink.net>
To: <www-html@w3.org>
Sent: Monday, November 22, 1999 8:38 PM
Subject: Re: XHTML


> I've been interested in the development of XML / XHTML for quite some
time,
> and this thread raises one question for me... may or may not be on-topic
> (sorry if it's off)
>
> Does this represent, in the _opinion_ of people in the working group, "the
> death of HTML?"
>
> What I mean is, does the effort of the working group to create / promote
> XHTML represent an attempt to bring to an end a winding, twisting history
of
> the SGML-based HTML language, and start a brand new era? Is SGML-based
HTML
> too limited to continue to grow in a rate comparable with the growth of
> demand being placed upon it?
>
> I guess this is where philosophy meets technicality... sorry if I'm
> off-topic... I'm just very, very curious... I'm pretty sure that I'd agree
> with W3C officials, no matter which stance they take... I'm just all too
> intrested in really knowing what their stance is.
>
> Daniel
>
Received on Tuesday, 23 November 1999 00:08:15 GMT

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