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Re: is anyone interested in XHTML?

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2000 09:57:05 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <200002171457.JAA29617@hesketh.net>
To: www-html@w3.org
I'm glad to see that 'is anyone interested?' at least raises interest in
_this_ forum - if it hadn't, I'd probably have pondered turning the lights
off on XHTML.

The argument that "XHTML 1.0 doesn't do anything" seems to have numbed
developers' concerns about the future of HTML, but it also seems to have
killed interest in XHTML.  I've posted messages regarding the HTML Roadmap
in several high-traffic Web development forums and received either silence
or "who cares?" messages in return.

I'm glad to hear that there's traffic on the XHTML validator and Tidy
lists, but I'd like to suggest that the W3C start looking at pushing these
ideas out to a broader public than the traditional vendors, and start
making the case for why this matters.  

Murray's reply
(http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-html/2000Feb/0125.html) might be a
useful starting point.

I basically spend my days pushing XML and XHTML, and I have to admit that I
find it very strange how little response XHTML gets.  XML was strange,
alien, and not-quite-ready-for-the-Web, but it still seemed to generate
more response than XHTML.  I'd have thought XHTML would be more familiar
terrain for most people, but the apathy level is stunning.


Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
Building XML Applications
Inside XML DTDs: Scientific and Technical
Cookies / Sharing Bandwidth
http://www.simonstl.com
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