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   Re: ATTN: Please comment on XHTML (before it's too late)

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: XMLDev list <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 10:59:29 -0400

At 07:19 PM 8/28/99 -0400, David Megginson wrote:
>Unlike the last XHTML Working Draft, this PR has reverted to defining
>*three* separate XHTML Namespace URIs (transitional, strict, and
>frameset) with the threat of more HTML Namespaces in the future.

Namespace issues aside, I have to admit that I've always thought having
multiple separate HTML/XHTMLs (at the same version number) was ridiculous,
causing more problems than it was worth - if indeed anyone ever bothered to
indicate 'which' HTML they were using or processed it differently on that

XHTML seemed like an opportunity to re-unify these various critters, but it
doesn't seem like anyone was interested.  So now we're still stuck with
three flavors to complicate processing (if indeed you pay attention to the
flavors) and three namespaces to make the picture even murkier.  The real
problem, IMHO, is having three flavors of HTML, not three namespaces,
however ridiculous three namespaces may feel.

I can't wait to see what the impact of these divisions is on the
modularization project...  (Frameset already feels like it should be a
module, but never mind...)

Simon St.Laurent
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