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Questions About the New HTML and XHTML2 WGs

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 14:58:46 +1000
Message-ID: <4542E386.4070805@lachy.id.au>
To: www-html <www-html@w3.org>

   Regarding Tim BL's announcement this morning [1] to charter a 
completely new HTML WG to focus on (X)HTML 5 and an XHTML2 WG to 
continue with XHTML 2.0, I'm just wondering how it can possibly work?

Does this mean the 2 camps will diverge even further, leaving us with 2 
separate and incompatible, yet competing (X)HTML standards?

If that is the case, can I assume the previous statement [2] that XHTML 
2 will be using the XHTML 1.x namespace will be rescinded, so that at 
least the 2 incompatible versions don't share the same namespace?

Why did the W3C feel that the 2 camps couldn't find a way to work 
together towards their common goals, to produce 1 (X)HTML specification?

Considering that the most of the good concepts from XHTML2 have already 
been incorporated into (X)HTML5 in one form or another, why was it felt 
that there is a need to continue on XHTML 2 as it currently stands?

[1] http://dig.csail.mit.edu/breadcrumbs/node/166
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-html-editor/2006JulSep/0137

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Saturday, 28 October 2006 04:59:14 UTC

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