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Re: text/html for xml extensions of XHTML

From: Aaron Swartz <aswartz@swartzfam.com>
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 22:03:40 -0500
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, Robert Miner <RobertM@dessci.com>
CC: <hammond@csc.albany.edu>, <mozilla-mathml@mozilla.org>, <www-talk@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B714E33A.A769%aswartz@swartzfam.com>
Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:

> I don't hear anyone screaming for XSL to be sent as text/html, or CSS to
> be sent as text/html -- why is XHTML a special case?

Because XHTML is usually (always?) valid HTML. And most XHTML publishers
want their documents to be visible in the vast number of browsers which do
not understand XML. We cannot change these older browsers, but it should be
relatively easy to change browsers that do understand XML.

[ Aaron Swartz | me@aaronsw.com | http://www.aaronsw.com ]
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