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   Re: XMLization attempt at Infoworld

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: Daniel.Veillard@w3.org, xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Tue, 02 May 2000 09:38:03 -0400

At 09:52 AM 5/2/00 +0200, Daniel Veillard wrote (re:Infoworld):
>  Since it's served as text/html, one could argue that it's just one
>more incorect HTML page the Web, I just hope that nobody sold them
>XML tools producing this, and that it's just the result of early 
>on-going efforts to move to a clean XML format ...

There's definitely XML usage under the the covers - Robin Cover pointed out:

On the other hand, despite the best wishes of the W3C, I'm finding it very
hard to convince anyone except XMLers and a small core of Dynamic HTML folk
that XHTML is worth the bother.  (I'm having a hard time convincing some
XMLers that <br /> is worth it, as well.)

>  First reaction: ah ah a major site moving to xhtml

I doubt we'll see any major sites genuinely moving to XHTML this year.

This pessimism doesn't come from an XHTML-hater by any means - I just
finished a book on XHTML and would like to see it have a long and
prosperous future.

I just don't see _anyone_ marketing XHTML as a solution to _problems_.
"It's the next cool thing" and "hey, you can use all these nifty
(unfamiliar, sometimes inadequate for XHTML) XML tools" isn't enough of a
story by itself.

Hopefully my book will help, but I have lots of concerns about whether
readers are even interested in the topic.

Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
Building XML Applications
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