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Re: XHTML 2.0 User Agent Conformance

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2003 12:04:39 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200311021204.hA2C4dc07766@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> 
> Nonetheless, I'm not sure what this has to do with XHTML 2.0 User Agent
> Conformance.

I think the point is that, to the extent that you can have a popular
belief about something as obscure to the general web developing public
as XHTML 2.0, the popular belief is that XHTML 2.0 is being created 
on the understanding that the ancestors of the current popular web
browsers will use it.

I think you can assume that nearly everyone who is purporting to
write XHTML 1.0 now, other than purely for the benefit of their CV[1],
is doing so because they have been led to believe that XHTML dialects
are the future of the popular web browsers.  (These lists will have
a disproportionate number of people doing it for other reasons.)

People may be making completely wrong decisions, but that is common in
this business.  I think most current users of HTML use it for reasons
other than it is an appropriate language for what they want to do.
(HTML is used because of pre-installed thin clients, and because PDF
authoring tools were expensive (and Acrobat Reader isn't distributed by
Microsoft), and simply because it was once a new fashion.)

[1] even those doing it for their CVs are likely doing it because they
think that employers believe the browsers are moving that way.
Received on Sunday, 2 November 2003 07:06:43 UTC

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