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Re: Question about XHTML 2.0 and content type

From: Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>
Date: Sat, 04 Feb 2006 14:20:46 +0100
Message-ID: <43E4AA2E.8050403@students.cs.uu.nl>
To: W3C HTML List <www-html@w3.org>

Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
>> In any case, XHTML 1.0 is a compatibility specification for HTML 4.01 
>> expressed as XML.
> That's what it says (though without the word "compatibility"), but it 
> isn't true. There are several silent changes, and XHTML 1.0 is 
> incompatible with HTML 4.01: no XHTML 1.0 document is an HTML 4.01 
> document

OK, but an XHTML 1.0 document can be a tag soup document if you follow 
the guidelines, and thus work as expected. Whatever the standards and 
SGM say, tag soup is what works in the browsers today, and what browsers 
have to implement if they want to support HTML on the web.

So I don’t see the problem.

Jim Ley wrote:
> Only for those documents which follow the guidelines set forth in
> appendix C may it be done, since Appendix C. is contradictory (I am
> still awaiting responses to my issues on the contradictions) it is not
> actually possible to follow them, and use stylesheets for example.

I looked at the specification, and I couldn’t find any contradiction in 
the guidelines for stylesheets. I could find an omission though, it 
doesn’t mention anything about whether <link> or <?xml-stylesheet?> has 
to be used for embedded stylesheets (though an example contains the 
latter). However, common sense says that HTML UAs won’t recognise the 
<?xml-stylesheet?>, so the first has to be used. (On my website, I 
actually have <link>s when served as text/html, and <?xml-stylesheet?>s 
for application/xhtml+xml, but <link>s would have worked as well.)

It seems just nit-picking for an argument not to use XHTML, imho. It 
works, today, and I’m following the guidelines without problems. (Well, 
apart from using XHTML 1.1, and only having xml:lang, and maybe one or 
two other things which I don’t care about, as I’m serving as text/html 
only for backwards compatibility purposes.)

So again, I don’t see the problem.


Ushiko-san! Kimi wa doushite, Ushiko-san!!
Laurens Holst, student, university of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Website: www.grauw.nl. Backbase employee; www.backbase.com.
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