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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: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 15:31:51 -0400
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Cc: Svgdeveloper@aol.com, www-style@w3.org

At 11:40 AM -0700 8/19/02, Tantek Çelik wrote:

>  MOST.......................................LEAST
>       MathML  (X)HTML  SVG  XSLFO  XML  PNG

I don't believe this order. I think the line looks more like this:

  MOST.......................................LEAST
       XML MathML  (X)HTML  SVG  XSLFO  PNG

The only way to conclude that XHTML is more semantic is to ignore the 
reality that most web pages are not just ordered paragraphs of text. 
All HTML tells you is that something is a paragraph, a level 1 
heading, a table, monospaced, preformatted, and a few other things. 
<SINGER>Madonna</SINGER> is more semantic than <SPAN>Madonna</SPAN>. 
There is more useful information in the XML content, even without a 
DTD, even without prior agreement, than there is in the HTML.

XHTML is just one XML application that describes only a few dozen 
different things, mostly related to the presentation of text. XML 
goes way beyond that.
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