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Re: HTML forms, XForms, Web Forms - which and how much?

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 22:07:06 +0100
Message-ID: <640dd5060704271407o6dcbaf0cnca32b24f04251e65@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-html@w3.org

Hi Maciej,

> But not this part. XML is a markup language with a specific syntax.
> HTML is not XML, no matter how much you make it "behave like XML".

Actually, what most people want is the other way round--XHTML that can
be rendered as HTML. The most mature renderers available are
HTML-based, and although there are discrepancies between them, those
differences are less obvious the more 'conformant' the mark-up is that
they are displaying.

So making use of the enormous array of XML tools that are available,
to generate XMLised HTML (let's call it X-HTML ;)) is for a lot of
people standard practice. Not all of these documents get rendered, but
obviously lots do. And all most authors want is for the various
renderers out there to show their documents. They don't really want
validation and all that kind of thing in the _browser_ when deploying,
although obviously it's useful when testing, since the more conformant
a document is, the more likely it will rendered in the same way on
multiple clients.

So building XHTML *renderers* seems to me to be a bit of a waste of
time, whilst making clear how XHTML documents can be rendered by HTML
renderers seems an extremely valuable goal.



  Mark Birbeck, formsPlayer

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