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RE: Revision efforts (was: The HTML Element)

From: Jens Meiert <jens.meiert@erde3.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 08:44:56 +0200 (MEST)
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <20042.1055745896@www6.gmx.net>

> I agree XHTML is HTML and
> the root element shouldn't change.

I fully agree. In my opinion, it is not the aim of the XHTML revision to
change each element and/or attribute by force to demonstrate the backwards
incompatibility (maybe I overdo). In fact, it would make much more sense to

 * remove as much elements as possible to reduce complexity,
 * revise all elements to offer a comprehensive document structure,
 * clearly separate structure from presentation/visualization,
 * play non-reinvention safe.

Regarding both HTML as CSS revision efforts, I observe several overlapping
endeavors... there are some opportunities which are -- as far as I know --

Why keep some only-formatting elements like <code />, <kbd />, <tt /> (maybe
some of them were thrown away, I am not sure), when CSS offers a much better
implementation? Why even introduce elements like <l /> instead of referring
completely to CSS, e.g. by engaging every developer to use a 'display:
block;' property to paragraphs (although there are even possibilities to get rid of
<p />, too)? CSS is powerful enough.

And, last but not least, to really improve HTML, both WG's (HTML and CSS)
should work together -- that is IMO really necessary. And questions like
renaming the <html /> element are a low prio task...

 Jens Meiert.

> I agree XHTML is HTML and the root element shouldn't change.
> regards,
> Frank Reinthaler
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andy Holmes [mailto:aholmes84@shaw.ca]
> Sent: Monday, 16 June 2003 13:41
> To: Arthur Wiebe; www-html@w3.org
> Subject: Re: The HTML Element
> Arthur Wiebe wrote:
> > 
> > I propose that since XHTML is XHTML not HTML, that we change the <html> 
> > element to something that would make more sense. 
> As far as I'm concerned (very generally speaking of course) XHTML *is* 
> HTML; the obvious difference being that it's extensible. It's still 
> hypertext, it's still a markup language. Unless it becomes proposed that 
> UA's distinguish HTML from XHTML via the root element, I see no reason 
> to change it other than for the novelty of it. It will, in my humble 
> opinion, just create unnecessary confusion unless like I mentioned it 
> actually serves a purpose.
> > Why not change it to something like <xhtml>? Or if someone can't stand 
> > that extra letter then we could also change it to <root>?
> No, if it were to be changed at all, <xhtml> would be the way to go. 
> <root> is *far* too general.
> -Andy
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