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Re: Why HTML should be taught as HTML without pretending it is XML

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 19:29:03 +1000
Message-ID: <469DDD5F.80704@lachy.id.au>
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
CC: "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>

Henri Sivonen wrote:
> On Jul 18, 2007, at 06:20, Karl Dubost wrote:
>>     - for Professional to have a strict way of authoring which 
>> benefits the industry
> ...
>> If Web designers say, we will come up with an HTML 5 profile that we 
>> consider needed for our activity, it can perfectly become an "HTML 5 
>> profile for Web pro" specification for this market.
> I'm curious, though, what the actual benefit would be for the industry... 
> Would the profile be something that a source code pretty-printer would 
> produce or something that conformance checkers would be expected to 
> check?

I think there could be a number of issues that such a document could 
address, with numerous benefits:

* How to convert from XHTML to HTML and back again, dealing with issues
   - <?xml encoding=""?> to <meta charset="">
   - xml:lang to lang
   - xml:base to <base> or rewriting URIs to fully qualified URIs, if
   - How to serialise the content of <noscript>, <noframes>, etc.
     elements in XHTML.
   - Optional elements, like <tbody>
   - etc.
* Guidelines for pretty printers (like HTML Tidy)
* Coding conventions for authors
   - Quoting attribute values with ""
   - lowercase tag names and attribute values
   - etc.

I think the authoring guidelines should be given the least weight, since 
they have little technical impact and will be the greatest source of 
conflicts in personal opinions.  Therefore, I think it would be wise to 
allow for flexibility in such guidelines and leave some of the specifics 
up to individual organisations or authors.

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Wednesday, 18 July 2007 09:29:21 UTC

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