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Future of XHTML Modularization

From: Sean Palmer <wapdesign@wapdesign.org.uk>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 20:50:11 +0100
Message-ID: <008401c033bc$77fb4cc0$4fed93c3@z5n9x1>
To: <www-html@w3.org>
Dear All,
I have been politely "advised" to forward my Modularization rant on XHTML-L
(http://www.egroups.com/messages/XHTML-L), but instead I shall summarise:-

Modularization using DTDs is too complicated to be of any viable usage:
what is the point of using a system so complicated to achieve such minimal
Therefore, I believe that XHTML Modularization implementing XML Schema is
the best way forward to a "plug and play" style of Modularization.

I thought it would be a nice idea to create an example of an XHTML page that
uses an XHTML XML Schemas and validate it on XSV and the W3C main validator.
I have created the page, and it validates fine on both.
http://xhtml.waptechinfo.com/xhtmlschema/ - An Example of an XML Schema
Version of XHTML
I realise that the example uses the outdated namespace.
Take a look at http://www.w3.org/XML/2000/04schema-hacking/ to see further

I'm not saying: DTD's are bad, change all of your documents to Schema valid
ones, I'm simply saying "we should have the choice"!
Consider if you want to mix HTML with MathML, or HTML with SVG, or SMIL, or
a combination (see above).

It might be better to stick with XHTML 1.0 for a few years. In fact I think
that HTML/XHTML has peaked. The W3C are just producing all of this new stuff
to meet growing demands from the mobile sector, and ignoring commerce. I
think that for the next half a decade at least, XHTML 1.0 is not going to go
out of date, so you may as well keep using it..

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
President and Founder
WAP Tech Info - http://www.waptechinfo.com/
Received on Wednesday, 11 October 2000 15:52:08 UTC

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