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Re: Supporting MathML and SVG in text/html, and related topics

From: Paul Libbrecht <paul@activemath.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 09:47:58 +0200
Message-Id: <0320C251-04F6-402F-9B70-BB5CC6CB1512@activemath.org>
Cc: jirka@kosek.cz, whatwg@whatwg.org, public-html@w3.org, www-math@w3.org, www-svg@w3.org
To: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>

Le 15 avr. 08 à 16:51, David Carlisle a écrit :
> However if HTML5 is standardised in its current form then there is no
> chance of a general move to XML on the web ever happening. People,
> authoring tools, web browsers, will all typically use text/html  
> with the
> more forgiving parsing that implies. This isn't necessarily a bad  
> thing,
> but it's definitely not the original vision at the time xml, xhtml,
> mathml were conceived.


I would like to put a grain of salt here and would love HTML5  
passionates to answer:

  why is the whole HTML5 effort not a movement towards a really  
enhanced parser instead of trying to redefine fully HTML successors?

Being an enhanced parser (that would use a lot of context info to be  
really hand-author supportive) it would define how to parse better an  
XHTML 3 page, but also MathML and SVG as it does currently... It has  
the ability to specify very readable encodings of these pages.

It could serve as a model for many other situations where XML parsing  
is useful but its  strictness bytes some.

Currently HTML5 defines at the same time parsing and the model and  
this is what can cause us to expect that XML is getting weaker. I  
believe that the whole model-definition work of XML is rich, has many  
libraries, has empowered a lot of great developments and it is a bad  
idea to drop it instead of enriching it.

paul

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