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RE: Promotion of XHTML

From: Peter Foti (PeterF) <PeterF@SystolicNetworks.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 10:57:10 -0500
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To: "'www-html@w3.org'" <www-html@w3.org>

I agree with Toby.  I find XHTML quite easy to use... what's so hard about
requiring closing tags on everything?  In addition, by coding as XHTML
instead of HTML, a document is more likely to be presented the same way
across all browsers.  So it benefits the author to code in XHTML instead of
HTML because the code will be easier to maintain.  Just as an example, I
used to run into problems on Netscape 4 if I forgot to close a <td> or <tr>.
And since I hated that browser and did not use it, I generally wouldn't
catch this right away, then I would have to go back and dig through the code
to find my missing tag.  With XHTML, there is none of that.

In addition, it does help to prepare developers for the next step... XML.


-----Original Message-----
From: www-html-request@w3.org [mailto:www-html-request@w3.org]On Behalf
Of Toby Inkster
Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2002 7:21 AM
To: lewi0371@mrs.umn.edu
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Promotion of XHTML

John Lewis said:
> But you're going to extra trouble
> for no gain (other than XHTML's "coolness"). If you're writing HTML,
> what's the purpose of writing it as XHTML and then
> making sure it's sort of HTML, in addition to worrying about browser
> incompatibilities *because it's XHTML*?

Personally I think it's easier to write in XHTML because it's tidier.

I don't have to bother remembering which elements need to be closed,
because they all do.

I don't have to worry about an untidy mix of <UPPER CASE>, <lower case>
and <Mixed Case> tags, because they all have to be lower case.

I don't need to care about whether a particular attribute needs quote
marks around it or not... because I can be sure that it does.

It's a much more symmetrical and consistant markup language, so (in my
book) is much easier to use.

Toby A Inkster BSc (Hons) ARCS
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