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Re: Serving XHTML as HTML -- still valid for RDFa

From: Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 07:16:40 -0500
Message-ID: <47DA6CA8.2050400@aptest.com>
To: David Peterson <david@squishyfish.com>
CC: "'RDFa mailing list'" <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>

This is not an "official" response, but...

The XHTML 2 Working Group says that XHTML Family documents SHOULD be 
served as text/xhtml+xml - but it is certainly legal to serve them as 
text/html.  Its what most sites do when a browser will not accept 
text/xhtml+xml.  In the case of IE, where XHTML documents are not 
correctly processed, as long as you send the data as text/html and it 
has a suffix of .html it seems to be processed as HTML even if the 
DOCTYPE says it is XHTML+RDFa or whatever.

David Peterson wrote:
> Just received this comment from SitePoint [1]:
> -----------------
> Comment: 
> I was referring mostly to the fact that the dominant browser treats XHTML as HTML, so using XHTML (that is to say, serving as XHTML) is not currently viable.
> I don't know if XHTML served as HTML can take advantage of things like RDFa. I assume it can, but I don't know.
> ------------------
> So, before I respond what is the official answer?
> Thanks,
> David
> [1] http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2008/03/14/preparing-your-sites-for-the-data-web/#comment-654414

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