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Re: name and id

From: Simon Jessey <simon@jessey.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2003 22:21:46 -0500
Message-ID: <001201c2ca6a$37a5c4b0$6601a8c0@Simon2S0JP11>
To: "www-html" <www-html@w3.org>

I asked "Besides reverting to an earlier version of HTML, can anyone suggest
a way of getting 'id' to work in NN4?"
Christoph suggested that (a) this was somehow "off topic", (b) I should be
using an earlier flavor of HTML if I wanted to support NN4 and (c) that I
was never going to get most browsers to accept XHTML properly anyway.

First (a). I was given to understand that this was a place to discuss
technical aspects of HTML. XHTML (including in its 1.1 form) is designed to
be backwards-compatible, but I had come across one particular aspect that
was causing me a problem. I merely asked if there was an alternative. This
seems to be reasonably on topic to me, and far less controversial than the
"XHTML 2.0 considered harmful"-type discussion.

Second (b). It has always been my intention to write decent, well-formed
markup that will, to a certain extent, afford me forwards-compatibility.
When the time is right I would like to use some of the new technologies,
such as SVG. In order to make this possible I thought it would be best to
construct documents in the XML-friendly form. It is not important for me to
ensure these documents work in old browser like NN4, but I wanted to make
them as accessible as possible to all (which is presumably the goal of all
web authors, I would hope).

Finally (c). I am well aware that I am serving the pages up as text/html and
that this is not the correct MIME type for XHTML 1.1. I agree with Ian
Hickson that this is not the way to do things. Unfortunately, I simply
cannot afford to deny 92% of my users the opportunity to see my web pages
and deliver them as application/xhtml+xml, much as I would like to.

Kind regards

Simon Jessey

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