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[whatwg] several messages about XML syntax and HTML5

From: Michel Fortin <michel.fortin@michelf.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 18:56:00 -0500
Message-ID: <B7F3B4A2-4EC2-4187-BDFB-E5D533D9BF3E@michelf.com>
Le 5 d?c. 2006 ? 17:03, Ian Hickson a ?crit :

> The "one target" now is HTML5.

I wonder about one thing though. If the recommended serialization is  
HTML5, why is there new features which are simply not supported by  
HTML5 (list inside paragraphs, nested forms, etc.)? My impression is  
that while HTML is recommended in the prose, the new features are  
implicitly recommending XHTML.

Recommending using the HTML format while making XHTML more powerful  
at the same time just strike me as incoherent. This makes it look  
like XHTML is the future and that HTML is a temporary and limited  
recommendation to keep backward compatibility. That's what I  
understand while reading the spec as a whole. If that's not what is  
intended, then maybe something should be done about that, like  
removing some of the incompatible features.

Michel Fortin
michel.fortin at michelf.com
Received on Tuesday, 5 December 2006 15:56:00 UTC

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