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Re: XHTML with Internet Explorer

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2003 11:02:49 -0000
Message-ID: <000701c3a38c$59bf15f0$83909bd9@Snork>
To: <www-html@w3.org>

>> It does not support the mime-type application/xhtml+xml, but text/html is
>> (ridiculously) a valid mime-type for XHTML 1.0.
>
>To agree with Tantek and the others, IE afaik does not support XHTML 1.0.
>And text/html is not valid for XHTML 1.0 in general.

It accepts a valid XHTML 1 mime-type and renders it appropriately, as you
point out below there are things within the XHTML 1.0 specification that it
does not do, however if the limit is 100% spec conformance, then there are
NO xhtml 1.0 user agents at all, and we might aswell go home now.

>Just because you send XHTML 1.0 as text/html in compatibility mode does not
>mean, IE supports XHTML 1.0.

I would suggest it does, and I've yet to see any arguments that it doesn't
other than vigourous assertion, when lots of people (including the W3) are
relying on the fact that it does support XHTML 1.0 - if it doesn't why are
they sending it to such a user agent?  (including my IE which specifically
states that XHTML is not acceptable.)

>I can't see why the above example should conflict with section 3.1 Document
>Conformance of the XHTML 1.0 Recommendation.

Sure that internal subset looks like a bug in the way IE supports XHTML 1.0
(or indeed HTML) but see above.

Jim.
Received on Wednesday, 5 November 2003 06:04:48 UTC

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