[development] HTML5, XHTML2, and the Future of the Web

FGM fgm at osinet.fr
Wed Apr 18 17:17:52 UTC 2007

Quote the blurb at the end of the article, too:

"[the author] is a medical student and hobbyist web designer"

Not to belittle hobbyists, but when considering such grand
declarations, one ought to always verify the POV neutrality.

---- Original Message ----
From: karoly at negyesi.net
To: development at drupal.org
Subject: RE: [development] HTML5, XHTML2, and the Future of the Web
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 10:08:06 -0700

>The fact that Internet Explorer doesn’t really support XHTML as XML
>in any  
>way, and the problems XML can cause when not all tools in the
>chain are XML tools, means that there has been little incentive for
>XML on the web. This is compounded by search engines not indexing
>XHTML as  
>XML documents; very few XHTML authoring tools for XML; very few CMS
>blogging tools supporting XML correctly all the way from input
>database to generation; and very few ad suppliers supporting XML.
>While HTML 4.01 is formally SGML-based, HTML5 accepts the reality of
>browsers using error-correcting tag-soup parsers, and instead
>describes a  
>specific non-SGML parsing model that includes a defined error
>Turning an HTML 4.01 document into HTML5, on the other hand, is in
>cases just a question of replacing the DOCTYPE declaration. If a
>doesn’t use any of the new elements or APIs introduced by HTML5, the 
>browser just sends it to its tag-soup parser. For most current  
>content-management systems and authoring tools, the change to
>HTML5 instead of HTML 4.01 is simple, and the new HTML5 features can
>added to them easily. In addition, many of the new HTML5 features can
>emulated using JavaScript for browsers that don’t support them,
>for a gradual change from HTML 4.01 to HTML5.

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