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Re: XHTML and Latest Standards

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 22:53:44 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200701102253.l0AMri202149@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> The main reason is that Internet Explorer has no understanding of XHTML 
> when served as XHTML. Besides, you gain nothing by using real XHTML on the 
> web, except possibly the phenomenon that _any_ violation of general XML 
> rules ("well-formedness rules") should make a browser report the error to 
> the user and refrain from displaying any of the content of the page.

Just for clarification, this only applies when the document is served in
a way that IE will not understand to be XHTML!  Unless you content 
type negotiate, you cannot have it display correctly on IE and be well-
formedness checked by other browsers.  This is why there is so much
not-well-formed XHTML in the wild!
Received on Wednesday, 10 January 2007 22:55:18 UTC

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