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   Re: XHTML 1.0 returned to HTML WG

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: "'xml-dev'" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: 04 Nov 1999 19:45:03 -0500

"Don Park" <donpark@docuverse.com> writes:

(that Paul Prescod writes that)

> ><html:table><html:title/></html:table>
> >
> >And thanks to the one line spec, this is now legal. What the 

Actually, it's neither legal nor illegal, simply unspecified.

(and Don writes)

> There is an arguable common sense when we refer to a document as
> 'HTMLish' and I believe your example violates that.  If people are
> going to abuse namespace like that, it is our job to knock some
> sense into them rather than wrap them up in diapers and ducktape
> everything with foams.  IMHO, I must say.

Just so -- in the end, it's simple peer pressure that forces
interoperability.  That's a terrifying thought for standards writers,
but it's also the explanation for why scarcely any of the 18 W3C
Recommendations at 


have actually been widely implemented so far (CSS1, XML, and maybe DOM
-- anything else?).  We won't even start counting the WDs...

It's nice, then, that there's a lot of pressure for implementors to
conform to the XML REC, but things don't always work that way: after a
few years' observation, we can safely say that there is little peer
pressure for industry to pay much attention to the W3C's HTML specs,
since there's only a miniscule amount of conformant HTML 3.* or 4.*
out there.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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