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Re: text/html for xml extensions of XHTML

From: Aaron Swartz <aswartz@swartzfam.com>
Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 23:22:58 -0500
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
CC: Robert Miner <RobertM@dessci.com>, <hammond@csc.albany.edu>, <mozilla-mathml@mozilla.org>, <www-talk@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B7164750.A902%aswartz@swartzfam.com>
Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:

>> I have an HTML document that is well-formed XML. I want it to be read by my
>> grandma who runs Netscape 3.0. I must send it as text/html so that she can
>> read it with Netscape's HTML parser. Netscape 7.0, which understands XML
>> just fine, realizes that my document is XML and thus parses it with its XML
>> parser. Everybody wins. Where is the issue, Ian?
> In the case you describe, you would not be able to tell the difference
> between Netscape 7.0 handling the document as text/html, and Netscape 7.0
> handling the document as text/xml.

Then I think that Netscape 7.0 is broken, since it should throw an error if
my page is not well-formed XML.

> So clearly that is not the case you care about.

Actually it is. Others care about MathML, which I will also defend. Assuming
that I included MathML in this HTML document, would you have a problem with
the above scenario?

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Received on Thursday, 3 May 2001 00:23:21 UTC

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