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Re: XHTML 1.0 Content-Negotiation

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2005 07:07:58 -0400
Message-Id: <2F222A09-9EBD-426D-BB76-A9CEDA476A43@w3.org>
Cc: Dominique Hazaël-Massieux <dom@w3.org>, www-qa@w3.org
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>

Henri and others,

Le 2005-08-20 à 02:37, Henri Sivonen a écrit :
> That document asks the question "Which MIME type should XHTML be  
> served with?" taking it for granted that XHTML is used without  
> discussing whether it makes sense to use XHTML.

Did you have things breaking using XHTML 1.0 more than HTML 4.01 ? I  
never had. Plus the fact that nobody tells you that you are forced to  
use one format or the other. People make a choice, see the end of  
this mail.

This discussion which has done again and again and again and again  
gives exactly the same arguments. I always say to the people in the  
end. "Use HTML 4.01 if you think you have more benefits doing so."   
Nothing Wrong. End of the story.

Le 2005-08-20 à 02:37, Henri Sivonen a écrit :
> The WaSP's "Ask the W3C" is more political than practical. It  
> presumes that whatever the W3C has done recently needs to be  
> advocated and is good for adoption right now and then tries to  
> answer the questions in such a way that this political agenda is  
> served.

Again, once more time, I will just state the obvious. The mission of  
W3C is to be vendor neutral. Then when you are a group of persons  
working together, you do the maximum to maintain this atmosphere of  
work. It also exists in any games, you play.

Le 2005-08-20 à 02:37, Henri Sivonen a écrit :
> Let's consider the answer to "HTML versus XHTML" question (http:// 
> webstandards.org/learn/askw3c/oct2003.html).

A document is not perfect and you are forgetting one thing of the  

Yes, HTML 4.01 is as valuable as XHTML 1.0 in a daily usage. The  
syntax proposed by XHTML 1.0 has several important benefits. The  
weight of these benefits has to be evaluated in the context of your  
project: Use the right tool for the right job.
]]] - http://webstandards.org/learn/askw3c/oct2003.html

Basically choose either HTML 4.01 or XHTML 1.0. It's not religion,  
it's choice.

Karl Dubost - http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
W3C Conformance Manager
*** Be Strict To Be Cool ***
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