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Re: storing info in XSL-FO: new issue? [was: Draft TAG Finding:...]

From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2002 09:03:06 -0400
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To: www-tag@w3.org
Cc: www-style@w3.org, w3c-css-wg@w3.org

At 8:12 PM -0700 8/16/02, Tantek Çelik wrote:

>So you're saying that instead of encouraging better practices on the web, we
>should introduce/legitimize more complicated ways of encouraging current
>poor practices?

No, I'm saying that encouraging better use of HTML is a waste of 
time. The battle's lost. XHTML 1.0 has achieved no significant 
traction. XHTML 2.0 will probably do worse. If you want semantically 
tagged information, jump to pure XML; but accept that HTML is today 
and probably always will be a layout language.

What the W3C says about HTML has little effect on what web sites and 
designers do. The language of HTML is defined by the tools, not by 
the specs. If XHTML ever achieves any significant adoption, it will 
not be on the Web. It will be in domains that are not already 
colonized by HTML.
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