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Re: What is better to conform to?

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2002 21:20:44 +0100
Message-ID: <000401c23c05$a30df860$583c70c2@7020CT>
To: <www-validator@w3.org>

"Thanasis Kinias" tkinias@optimalco.com

>> What is better to conform to, HTML 4.01 or XHTML 1.0?
>> or what are the reasons for conforming to either...?

>Unless you are using authoring tools which cannot produce valid HTML
>(e.g., Dreamweaver not too long ago), there's no reason to use HTML 4
>any more.  XHTML 1.0 is the current W3C recommendation, and has been for
>several years.

HTML 4.01 is also a current W3C recommendation, and has the advantage of
being renderable in current user agents, and servable as text/html without
having to go through a whole raft of "compatibility guidelines" that
aren't machine testable (yet?)

If your authoring tool can't create valid HTML, why is HTML 4 any more use
than XHTML 1?

If XHTML 1 has been _the_ current W3C recommendation - what is the status
of XHTML 1.1?

Received on Sunday, 4 August 2002 18:22:00 UTC

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