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   What is XHTML 2.0 for?

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  • Subject: What is XHTML 2.0 for?
  • From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 11:52:00 -0800
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I understand that Andrew Watt has got some people's backs up with his 
questioning but I think that there is a legitimate question among the 
rhetoric. (I think he's very misguided about browser development models 
and some other issues, but anyhow...)

The question is: what problem with XHTML 1.0 in particular and the Web 
in general is XHTML 2.0 supposed to solve? The abstract and introduction 
for XHTML 2.0 don't really say.

This charter seems largely fulfilled:

  * http://www.w3.org/2002/05/html/charter#mission

If the HTML working group has done such a good job that there are no 
urgent problems to solve then maybe it should take a break until a few 
materialize. If there are urgent problems to solve, then they should be 
documented in the abstract, introduction and charter (and perhaps a 
requirements document!).

A person could both believe that XHTML has a bright and important future 
in the Web architecture AND believe that there is no urgent need to 
update it today.

  Paul Prescod


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