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Re: content type for XHTML fragments: reformulated

From: Daniel Schierbeck <daniel.schierbeck@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2006 14:51:17 +0100
Message-ID: <43DCC855.80507@gmail.com>
To: www-html@w3.org

Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> Quoting Daniel Schierbeck <daniel.schierbeck@gmail.com>:
>> It's been a while since this thread ceased being active, but I've 
>> been thinking of a more elegant way of transferring chunks of XHTML 
>> between applications/documents. This could eventually be added to 
>> XHTML 2.0.
>> My proposal is to add a <fragment/> root element that encapsulates 
>> the XHTML content being sent. That way you could send that content as 
>> application/xhtml+xml.
> That would still require an update of RFC 3236. I also don't really 
> see the
> advantage over using simply a <div> element with the namespace applied 
> to it or
> some random element in another namespace. 
A <fragment/> element would imply that only the content/children of that 
element should be handled/inserted into the target. A <div/> element 
doesn't imply anything about how it's supposed to be handled - maybe the 
<div/> itself should be inserted, maybe the children of the <div/>. In 
the original example we were only interested in the contents of the root 
element, but we had no way to tell the application that.
> I also don't see why would want to send it over the wire as 
> application/xhtml+xml.
Because it's not SVG/whatever. It *is* XHTML.

Daniel Schierbeck
Received on Sunday, 29 January 2006 13:51:03 UTC

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