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Re: The HTML Element

From: Arthur Wiebe <webmaster@awiebe.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 09:58:27 -0400
Message-ID: <3EEDCD03.5010402@awiebe.com>
To: "Reinthaler, Frank" <Frank.Reinthaler@auspost.com.au>, www-html@w3.org
Reinthaler, Frank wrote:

>I agree XHTML is HTML and the root element shouldn't change.
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>regards,
>Frank Reinthaler
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I don't agree. XHTML is XML-based and HTML isn't. HTML is the past, 
XHTML is the future.
XHTML is designed to work in conjunction with XML-based user agents. 
HTML is taken from SGML and works on HTML user agents. XHTML is taken 
from XML with a lot of it being just like HTML.
HTML is old. XHTML is it's successor. Changing the root element to 
<xhtml> would have advantages. Even if you can't see any at the moment. 
One advantage is that it would lessen confusion. People would know 
better if it was XHTML 2, XHTML 1.x, or HTML. And the browsers would too.
It's to bad it wasn't changed in XHTML 1.0. But we can still change the 
future.
<Arthur/>

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>-----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
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>Arthur Wiebe wrote:
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>>I propose that since XHTML is XHTML not HTML, that we change the <html> element to something that would make more sense. 
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>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.
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>>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>?
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>No, if it were to be changed at all, <xhtml> would be the way to go. 
><root> is *far* too general.
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>-Andy
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