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Re: Problem in publishing multilingual HTML document on web in UTF-8 encoding

From: Kelly Miller <lightsolphoenix@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 01 Jun 2006 22:41:05 -0400
Message-ID: <447FA541.30907@gmail.com>
To: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
CC: www-html@w3.org

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David Woolley wrote:
| However, in this case, you aren't using HTML, but XHTML.  In my view,
| it is almost certain that you are doing so for unsound reasons, but
| there are rules for the character set in XML and in fact the default
| is already UTF-8!  However, it is likely that you are actually serving
| to Internet Explorer, which doesn't support XHTML, so you've had to
| serve it with headers that say that it is HTML.  In fact, your meta
| element also says that it is HTML.  You therefore have a confused
| situation where you are relying on browser error recovery to treat
| a document written in XHTML as though it were broken HTML.  I'd suggest
| the first thing to do is to convert to XHTML 4.01 to eliminate the
| error recovery aspects.

Once again, lack of support in the majority browser hampers adoption of
XHTML over HTML; why would someone want to use XHTML if they have to
treat it as HTML anyway?

As long as IE doesn't support application/xhtml+xml, XHTML will run into
this brick wall, with no way around it (short of IE being fixed or
people changing their browsers)...
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