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Re: The only name for the xml serialisation of html5

From: Dean Edridge <dean@55.co.nz>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 21:07:32 +1200
To: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Cc: Chris Adams <chris@tuesdaybegins.com>, public-html@w3.org
Message-id: <46FE15D4.4060504@55.co.nz>

Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
>> This is the way it should be:
>>    HTML 5 (text/html)
>> XHTML 5 (application/xhtml+xml) or (application/xml)
>> It's simple, semantic. So let's just do it.
> We could also evolve HTML 4 and XHTML 1.x (where x is less than 3) 
> into HTML 5 and XHTML 1.5. It would seem to make sense. It runs the 
> risk of a name clash after we make another 4 versions. It doesn't stop 
> us deciding later in the future that XHTML 2 was a success and we need 
> the name to work, or was a failure and we can simply move to XHTML 7. 
> But it does short-cut a lot of argument about what colour this shed 
> should be, and it provides a less antagonistic story about how HTML-WG 
> and XHTML-WG fit into the overall universe - and that seems like a 
> useful thing to do.
It most certainly would not make sense Charles. XHTML 5 is based on HTML 
5 (they are the same language) so it has more in common with HTML 5 than 
any other language. XHTML 5 is simply just the XML serialisation of HTML 
5 Therefore it should be called XHTML 5 just like it is in the spec 
today. There would be nothing gained by pretending that it is some sort 
of *direct* extension to XHTML1.x(it's a whole lot better than that :) 
). Although the (X)HTML spec remains backwards compatible, it is in fact 
a thorough over hall and vast improvement to the current HTML and XHTML 
languages. It would be wrong to market it as just a simple 'tidy up' of 
existing languages.

Lets put the past behind us and have a fresh start with markup on the 
web and use HTML 5 & XHTML 5 !  :-)

Dean Edridge
Received on Saturday, 29 September 2007 09:07:43 UTC

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