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Re: HTML/XML TF report introductory text

From: Liam R E Quin <liam@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 01:59:26 -0400
To: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>
Cc: rleif@rleif.com, public-html-xml@w3.org
Message-ID: <1319176766.28781.21.camel@desktop.barefootcomputing.com>
On Fri, 2011-10-21 at 07:46 +0200, Robin Berjon wrote:
> On Oct 21, 2011, at 06:49 , Robert Leif wrote:
> > The only acceptable attribute value for xmlns is <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
> > I believe that this demonstrates that there is a problem with namespace declarations.
> No, I'm pretty sure that just demonstrates why DTDs should either be
> updated or disposed of :) But that's the job for another group.

There have been several proposals over the years for updating DTDs, with
varying levels of obscure or arcane syntax.  But none of the proposals
seems to have clear benefits over W3C XSD, or even over RNG, and the
cost of changing DTDs could potentially be very high in terms of

I don't see that changing as a result of HTML 5.

On the other hand, DTDs are the only way (today) to declare text
entities, and are useful for simple syntax checking, so I also don't see
them going away any time soon.


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