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Re: New Tutorial: Character sets & encodings in XHTML, HTML and CSS

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 03:16:15 +0100
Message-ID: <1326461371.20040326031615@w3.org>
To: jcowan@reutershealth.com
Cc: Mark Davis <mark.davis@jtcsv.com>, www-international@w3.org

On Thursday, March 25, 2004, 5:13:40 PM, jcowan wrote:


jrc> Mark Davis scripsit:

>> a.. We recommend the use of XHTML wherever possible; and if you serve XHTML as
>> text/html we assume that you are conforming to the compatibility guidelines in
>> Appendix C of the XHTML 1.0 specification.
>> 
>> a.. We recognize that XHTML served as XML is still not widely supported, and
>> that therefore many XHTML 1.0 pages will be served as text/html.
>> 
>> Isn't this a pretty counter-productive recommendation; it sounds like you are
>> saying: "we recommend that you use something that won't work on the vast
>> majority of your users browsers"?

jrc> No.  What it says is:  a) use XHTML for authoring; b) use the compatibility
jrc> recommendations; c) label it as text/html.

Or, better

c) serve it as application/xhtml+xmlto those user agents that say they
can support it,and as text/html for the legacy ones that don't.

Same content, but the more modern browsers go straight into standards
mode more reliably, get the xml dom, reliable CSS, and so forth.


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 Chris Lilley                    mailto:chris@w3.org
 Chair, W3C SVG Working Group
 Member, W3C Technical Architecture Group
Received on Thursday, 25 March 2004 21:16:30 UTC

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