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

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  • From: "Braden N . McDaniel" <braden@endoframe.com>
  • To: Ann Navarro <ann@webgeek.com>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 18:49:16 -0400

On Sun, 29 Aug 1999 18:19:26 Ann Navarro wrote:
> At 06:11 PM 8/29/99 -0400, Braden N . McDaniel wrote:
> >Are you really contesting the popularly accepted notion that modern 
> >browsers support a greater percentage of HTML 3.2 than of HTML 4.0?
> I'm stating that if you try hard enough, you can create something that will 
> fail in about any language.

"Try hard enough" is a far cry from, "it's just as easy."

> In both HTML 3.2 and HTML 4.0, it is perfectly feasiable to design 
> documents that work as intended.

Which isn't in any way suggestive of HTML 4.0's success, given that you can pretty much slap a HTML 4.0 Transitional doctype declaration on an HTML 3.2 document and have it work just as well.

> HTML 4.0 does not universally fail. You do 
> not have to avoid substantial methods that are popularly available to make 
> it not fail.

In measuring the success of the HTML 4.0 specification, "popularly available" can't reasonably be used as you've used it here. That success *hinges* on the constructs it specifies being made popularly available. If those constructs are not popularly available, then it detracts from the success of the specification.

Braden N. McDaniel

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