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Re: When XHTML 2.0 will be published?

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 11:11:07 +0300
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To: W3C HTML <www-html@w3.org>

On May 23, 2005, at 12:27, Victor Fankov wrote:

> Say, please, when possible expect that XHTML 2.0 will be recommended?

It is impossible to say, but my wild guess is that it won't become a 
REC for 18 months. A REC requires two interoperable implementations and 
it seems to me that the usual suspects aren't particularly interested 
in implementing XHTML 2.0. If Opera, Mozilla, Apple and Microsoft 
ignore XHTML 2.0 (which would make sense), XHTML 2.0 either becomes a 
REC based on two obscure implementations or becomes another HTML 3.0.

(I think it would make sense for Opera, Mozilla, Apple and Microsoft to 
reject XHTML 2.0 and backport selected features to the XHTML 1.x 
namespace and to HTML, because the new features XHTML 2.0 offers are 
not desirable enough to warrant incompatibility nor strange enough to 
prevent incorporation into the XHTML 1.x namespace. And no, XHTML 2.0 
is not compatible with existing UAs. Serving a bundle of XBL, CSS, 
HTCs, XSLT and JS with every page is not a real solution nor a 
forward-compatible one.)

Henri Sivonen
Received on Tuesday, 24 May 2005 08:11:33 UTC

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