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Re: Doctypes, Declarations, and HTML Versions

From: Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor <roconnor@wronski.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 1999 15:24:35 -0400 (EDT)
To: W3C HTML <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.95q.991003143627.17955A-100000@wronski.math.uwaterloo.ca>
On Sat, 2 Oct 1999, Arjun Ray wrote:

> > Instead the W3C has choosen to develop XHTML as an XML implementation. 
> XML is a new hammer.  Everything else is therefore a nail. 
> > I actally haven't looked at the XHTML specs yet, so I don't know whether
> > it resolves these issues or not. 
> It hasn't.  There's some stuff to invoke "namespaces", but that's only the
> latest bogosity in fashion. 

So I've read over the specifications for XHTML 1.0 and I'm surprised by
it.  I had no idea that migrating to XML would break so much.  HTML has
always been a big hack.  Now it's much bigger.

Also shouldn't the XHTML 1.0 specs define the semantics of the elements? 
I was expecting a clause saying ``The semantics of the elements of XHTML
1.0 are the same as the semantics of the elements of HTML 4.01'', but I
can't seem to find such a statements. 

Russell O'Connor                           roconnor@uwaterloo.ca
``And truth irreversibly destroys the meaning of its own message''
-- Anindita Dutta, ``The Paradox of Truth, the Truth of Entropy''
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