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Re: "snapshot" XHTML DTD for all current modules?

From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 6 May 2008 09:43:22 +0900
Cc: W3C Validator Community <www-validator@w3.org>, mark.birbeck@webBackplane.com, Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>
Message-Id: <7AABC30B-BF08-4067-A239-4BF9E8BF0687@w3.org>
To: "Frank Ellermann" <hmdmhdfmhdjmzdtjmzdtzktdkztdjz@gmail.com>

On 5-May-08, at 9:18 PM, Frank Ellermann wrote:
> Hard to tell, because I don't get the idea, is that about
> mixing namespaces not covered in any DOCTYPE ?  Editors
> using XHTML would normally also use a DOCTYPE.

Generally true, although I've seen my share of doctypeless xhtml, well  
formed and all. Worse(?) perhaps is the current observed trend of  
sites using an XHTML 1.0 doctype, but adding features from ARIA, RDFa  
or other interesting modules.

We all know how DTDs are not very compatible with ideas of  
extensibility, but it seems a pity that there is not, at this point,  
any way to either:
- declare a doctype that allows one to mix those features
- not declare any doctype at all, but have the xmlns place the  
document in the xhtml namespace.

As far as checking tools are concerned: I would like a way for a tool  
to say “your document (may not be strictly conforming foo but it) is  
properly using mixed features from the XHTML family.”

olivier Thereaux - W3C
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