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Re: About the new 2.0 tags

From: Sebastian Redl <sebastian.redl@getdesigned.at>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2005 10:27:40 +0200
Message-ID: <42982B7C.7010704@getdesigned.at>
To: www-html@w3.org

dagobah1@optonline.net wrote:

> With all the news tags you plan on adding (<l>, <seperator>, etc.) how
> do you expect current browsers to render the new tags?
> Normally, tags have to be coded INTO the browser by the browser
> creator (ex. microsoft, mozilla, opera, etc.).
> How are current browsers suppost to read XHTML 2.0 correctly?  This
> looks like something only future browsers could handle, which would
> cause a problem.
XHTML 2.0 breaks compatibility to earlier versions of the markup,
meaning that yes, current browsers won't support it out of the box. I
believe this was a very conscious decision early in the design of XHTML
2.0, and that the W3C is aware of the consequences.

On the other hand, it has been shown that a browser with at least
support for XForms and XLink can be easily made to understand XHTML 2.0
by making it automatically apply an XSLT stylesheet that transforms the
XHTML 2.0 to XHTML 1.1 or even HTML 4.

Sebastian Redl
Received on Saturday, 28 May 2005 08:27:48 UTC

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