--I think it will be a very long time in dying, and that even the current
deprecated elements will take a long time to die.  As I say later on, most
HTML is constructed by cut and paste methods, not as a result of reading
and understanding the specification, so changes made by W3C will have no
impact unless they produce "sexy" results that are then copied from the
pages of the few who actually read the announcements of the new features.--

According to various news articles, "sexy" has no space in the future... the
web will be a place for consumer electronics, where cell-phones, pagers,
kitchen appliances, etc. will be accessing the Internet. PC's will fade from
the mainstream... so they say...

But here's the thing: There's very little room for art on a consumer device.
All that there is room for is, surprise, surprise, plain text documents,
only slightly formatted using markup. I think the W3C knows that this is the
hype, and is using CSS to try to prepare us all for it, by including CSS
features for "alternative media."

In this possible future, I think that "well-formed" will be important,
because these devices won't even be using the same operating system, much
less the same web browser!All UA's need to be able ot read well-formed
documents, and well-formed documents need to be written... isn't that what
XML / XHTML is all about?


Received on Sunday, 28 November 1999 12:05:17 UTC