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Re: .html and nothing else

From: Shane P. McCarron <shane@aptest.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2000 07:56:23 -0500
Message-ID: <39D885F7.62C9ACBF@aptest.com>
To: Terje Bless <link@tss.no>
CC: W3C Validator <www-validator@w3.org>
Well - you can take me out and execute me if you want.  It was mostly my
idea.

XHTML 1.0 is a transitional standard.  It permits people to author in
XML and be backward compatible.  Without that, no one would use XHTML
because there are no browsers that can interpret text/xml correctly
(there weren't then, there aren't now).

XHTML 1.1 also does not address this issue.  XHTML 2.0 is the
specification that is targeted to finish the transition.  We hope that
by that time browsers will actually know how to deal with text/xml, that
there will be a style sheet and stylesheet support that adequately
describes HTML semantics, and that XML/Linking (the specification that
permits hypertext in XML) will be complete. Without these things,
text/xml documents are basically just nicely structured data.

XML without linking and stylesheets is just named parenthesis.

Terje Bless wrote:
> 
> On 28.09.00 at 14:48, Shane P. McCarron <shane@aptest.com> wrote:
> 
> >the media type for XHTML files should continue to be text/html
> 
> Which is a really stupid idea and whoever thought it up should be taken out
> back and summarly executed IMO. This is in effect lying about what you are
> sending, forcing user agents to resort to content sniffing to figure out
> whether to treat this as SGML or XML; of course, in the case of the bastard
> hybrid XHTML, you need to treat it as _both_. :-(
> 
> I hope to god that XHTML 1.1 will own up to being XML so we can end this
> lunacy. Pandering to browser bugs and people's lazyness does not a good
> standard make. Especially since it was totally unnecessary in this case.
> 
> --
> As a cat owner, I know this for a fact...
> Nothing says "I love you" like a decapitated gopher on your front porch.

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