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   Re: Arguments for XHTML (was Re: XMLization attempt at Infoworld)

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  • From: "Eve L. Maler" <Eve.Maler@east.sun.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Tue, 02 May 2000 11:23:31 -0400

At 10:37 AM 5/2/00 -0400, Michael Champion wrote:
>As a first cut, XHTML (as opposed to HTML) gives you ...
>1. The ability to use XSLT to transform the data to WML or some HTML subset
>for handhelds ...
>2. The (potential?) ability to use XSL-FO for high-quality printing
>3. The ability to use some combination of XML servers/databases and XPath to
>query for information in a way that uses both the structure and content.
>4. The ability to easily interoperate with emerging XML-based B2B systems
>(e.g., to send XHTML content without having to fool around with making it
>well formed or escaping it in a CDATA section or whatever).
>5. (Someday) the ability to use XInclude, XLink, etc. to reuse content in a
>more standardized manner.

I believe the biggest advantage of XHTML is that it's a ready-made 
vocabulary for simple document content that can be reused in building 
specialized XML vocabularies.  For example, if you want to allow for an 
item description or comments field in a purchase order, XHTML is a great 
starter vocabulary to use for those regions.  HTML is widely known and 
understood, but you can't incorporate old-fashioned HTML into an XML 
vocabulary.  XHTML fits the bill.

Eve Maler                                    +1 781 442 3190
Sun Microsystems XML Technology Center    elm @ east.sun.com

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