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Re: HTML 5 and XHTML 2 combined

From: <olafBuddenhagen@gmx.net>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:10:37 +0100
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <20090113081034.GB481@alien.local>

Hi,

On Fri, Jan 09, 2009 at 06:50:18PM +0000, Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) wrote:

> I am arguing that HTML 5 should stop carrying with it the baggage of
> earlier, arguably poorly thought out, standards and should rather have
> the courage to propose how things will be expressed /in the future/.
> By definition, this will require browsers to parse (and process) HTML
> 5 documents differently to how they parse and process documents
> conforming to earlier standards (and, of course, how they parse and
> process documents that lack a DOCTYPE directive and which therefore
> cannot be safely assumed to conform to any standards whatsoever). By
> so doing, HTML 5 could define the <IMG> element to be a container (in
> HTML 5), even though it was not a container in previous
> specifications.

I think this is precisely what XHTML2 set out to do.

HTML5 came up because browser vendors didn't agree this is the right
way...

How do you imagine this could be reconciled? If you hijack HTML5 to
effectively become XHTML2, browser vendors will just again come up with
something different conforming to *their* goals. (HTML4.5 or whatever.)

-antrik-
Received on Sunday, 18 January 2009 15:09:55 GMT

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